A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a dating show, so folks are judged by their appearances, their answers to certain questions, and their sense (or lack thereof) of what's appropriate to share online. Sexist references about men and women are common.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Online videos feature silly stunts like getting shot with a stun gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexy pictures of women in revealing outfits and men in thongs visible; videos sometimes feature folks engaged in some lewd behavior. Kissing (opposite- and same-sex) visible. There's some innuendo, too.
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Words like "ass" and "hell" audible. Occasional curses bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to going to bars and getting drunk are common. Online pictures show folks drinking and leaning over a toilet getting sick.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hook Up features examples of silly, iffy, and inappropriate content people post online within the context of a dating show. It's lighthearted, but it reminds folks that what you post online can affect your reputation and be used against you. Featured social media posts and online profiles contain images of folks drinking and getting sick, wearing thongs, and engaging in some lewd behavior. Some mildly violent behavior (like someone getting tasered) is visible, too. Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible, and curses are bleeped. Teens will be drawn to it, but the content is edgy enough to make it an iffy choice for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
The Hook Up is a modern version of The Dating Game and uses people's self-posted online media content as a way to learn more about the contestants. It also showcases some of the silly and inappropriate content people inexplicably post online.
Teens might be drawn to the dating banter and may even find some of the social media content featured here funny. But, in the end, this show underscores the fact that what you choose to put online communicates something about who you are.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.