The Glass House

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Big Brother-like show has lots of iffy behavior.

Parents say

age 14+
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Kids say

age 14+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The Glass House highlights the different tactics people take to win a reality show competition, including creating alliances, lying, showing off their bodies, etc.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some contestants exhibit sneaky behaviors, while others appear to be more respectful. Contestants are from all walks of life.


Cat fights are frequent; arguments sometimes lead to screaming matches between contestants.


Lots of suggestive behavior and conversations, including references to having sex. Party games include kissing and other risqué behaviors. Women are often shown in string bikinis; contestants sometimes walk around in their underwear (or others' underwear). One contestant is a nude model and is sometimes insulted for it.


Words like "pissed" and "bitch" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped, with mouths blurred.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking (hard alcohol, wine).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Glass House is a Big Brother-type reality show that features lots of iffy behavior, including drinking, partying, catty behavior, salty vocab ("pissed" and "bitch" are audible, "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped), and sexual discussions. Twitter is prominently featured throughout the show, which will no doubt make it appealing to teens, but it isn't a great viewing choice for younger viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydouglas12345 June 20, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written bygabeb November 22, 2016

Too much like Big Brother!

This show is very close to Big Brother but it's a little too extreme. There are arguments here and there and it's just too much. It starts out with a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE GLASS HOUSE, 14 contestants live in a house made completely of glass. From wild bail bondsmen and Playboy models to conservative Mormon moms, the competitors live it up in the state-of-the-art house that's completely wired for online access. As they interact with each other and compete in various challenges, viewers get to vote on things ranging from group activities to which players will be eliminated. Online webisodes and live feeds are also available for viewers to tune in. The last person left in the house wins $250,000.

Is it any good?

The Glass House, which has stirred up some controversy thanks to its similarity to the highly successful Big Brother reality franchise, features the expected drinking, drama, and crazy behavior that reality shows are known for. While some folks seem to show their real personalities while on camera, others seem to play to the suggestions made by viewing audiences.

Despite its attempt to offer a uniquely appealing viewing experience by making it as interactive as possible, the show really doesn't offer anything different beyond what's been shown before. Audiences who like this sort of voyeuristic entertainment will probably find it entertaining enough, but it's not a great choice for younger viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of reality shows. Why do you think people agree to place themselves in situations where their every move is being watched? Is it the money? Ten seconds of fame?

  • Is the contestants' desire to drink too much, party, have sex, and act inappropriately the main reason why people think these shows are entertaining? Are there any positive messages these shows can offer viewers?

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