The Dudesons in America

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Stupid, painful stunts could give kids VERY dangerous ideas.

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age 14+
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Positive Messages

Although the show runs a disclaimer discouraging viewers from trying dangerous stunts at home, the central message is that pain -- and risking your life -- is funny.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Dudesons seem like nice guys and have lifelong friendships to prove it, but their reckless behavior isn't something you'd ever want your kids to emulate.


Characters have nails driven through their earlobes, have their buttocks branded with hot irons, and voluntarily injure their testicles, etc. Sometimes there's blood and/or a trip to the hospital.


Some body-part humor, such as stunts involving the testicles or buttocks.


Occasional bleeped swearing ("f--k," "s--t"), usually in moments of extreme pain.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Jackass-style reality stunt show mines laughs from dangerous games that cause serious pain to the participants. Despite the disclaimer aired before the show warning kids not to try what they see on the show, tweens and some teens might be tempted to try out what is portrayed as fun, and as a normal part of male bonding. You'll see the Dudesons sliding down a bannister and slamming testicles-first into the newel post; having their earlobes nailed to a 2x4; getting flipped by angry bulls; and having their buttocks branded with a white-hot "USA" brand. You'll also hear some bleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") uttered mostly in moments of extreme pain and see occasional bare buttocks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byHolly499 May 29, 2010

We like the Dudesons

I think the dudesons are great.They are funny,very loyal to each other.They let nothing stand in their way.Their attitude is always positive.I don't se... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague May 11, 2010

The Dudesons in America

This is a very funny, but highly dangerous show. The guys do stunts that people would never imagine doing. Even the Jackass crew would think twice before attemp... Continue reading

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What's the story?

When lifelong friends Jukka Hilden, Jarppi Leppälä, Jarno Laasala, and Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen move their hit extreme-stunt show, The Dudesons, from Finland to the United States, they become THE DUDESONS IN AMERICA, taking up residence on a ranch and challenging each other to a littany of cringe-inducing dares. Like being dragged behind a horse on water skis through an obstacle course. Or having their buttocks branded with a blistering "USA" insignia. The Dudesons have previously appeared on Viva La Bam, and the show is produced by Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine (of Jackass fame).

Is it any good?

Adults who like the whole violence/comedy thing might get a few laughs at the Dudesons' expense -- or, like us, have their eyes covered for half of the show. But this is no place for kids, even with the bold-faced disclaimer that runs before each show urging them not to try these stunts at home.

The friends good-natured personalities might make it easy to overlook their irresponsible behavior. And kids who aren't old enough to exercise good judgement might be tempted to follow in the cheerful guys' footsteps. And that can only lead to injury...or a show on MTV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's reliance on violence for humor, and why some people think it's funny to see others injure themselves on purpose, all for the sake of a laugh. What's the appeal?

  • Why would these guys agree to hurt themselves on national television -- in other words, what do you think they're getting out of it? Does the show clearly communicate the level of risk involved with each stunt?

  • How much of what you're seeing in real, and how can you tell? Does knowing that the Dudesons are actually in pain affect how you react to their antics?

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 6, 2010
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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