Parents' Guide to

The Joe Schmo Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny reality TV hoax show returns with mature content.

TV Spike Reality TV 2003
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Like the original The Joe Schmo Show (2003-2004), which also starred Ralph Garman as the host, the series features lots of hilarious moments as the actors and producers stay on their toes to maintain the illusion of a reality show production. Most of the humor comes from the actors' improvisations during challenges, individual conversations with Chase, and when they vote each other off the show. Also fun are the moments when actors make mistakes, panic, or when something in the production unexpectedly goes wrong.

Granted, it feels a bit like The Truman Show, and some may feel uncomfortable with the idea of setting up an unsuspecting person on cable television. But the focus is more on the different scenarios the actors must perform and how well they perform them, rather than humiliating anyone. It also highlights some of the absurd stunts and stereotypical characters one has come to expect from reality entertainment, as well as how far some folks are willing to go to win a prize. Even if you are not a reality show fan, this series will probably make you chuckle.

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