Parents' Guide to

The Ex and the Why

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Getting back together is focus of MTV reality show.

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From apologizing for cheating to convincing an ex that they have matured enough to be worthy of being taken back, the young adults on this voyeuristic series are trying to convince their ex-partners that they are truly committed to rebuilding their relationships by making grand, on-camera gestures. But most of the show focuses on the big reveal, and the time spent talking about what makes a healthy relationship is pretty minimal.

The unpredictable and often awkward outcomes make the series entertaining, but one has to wonder if these folks are serious about rekindling these romances, or if they are more interested in appearing on a reality TV show. Nonetheless, teens who like this sort of thing will probably find it worth tuning in for.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 21, 2014
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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