A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Producers work hard, but they have to be somewhat manipulative to book guests and convince them to appear on the show. Some might consider what they do to be exploitative, since they encourage guests to be as wild as possible for the sake of ratings. Show topics are titillating -- like sex, race, and questionable parentage.
Violence & Scariness
Fistfights, verbal attacks, discussion of being in jail for assault, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of sex, infidelity, sex toys, promiscuity, and more.
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Lots of cursing, with plenty unbleeped, like "ass," "s--t," and "bitch." "F--k" is common, too, but it is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Promotes The Jerry Springer Show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Depends on the episode, but at least one guest is accused of being a "meth head."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this behind-the-scenes reality show focuses on Jerry Springer's notorious talk show. Guests on the show punch, hit, smack, and otherwise go after each other in real physical fights. Producers actively encourage guests to attack one another verbally and physically, and real and staged scenes of intense arguing (including streams of profanity) are common. Situations involving mature issues like infidelity, deception, and racial prejudice are discussed.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Jerry Springer -- or even those just curious about how the whole debacle is put together -- will find this show's "briefings," in which producers rehearse with booked guests, illuminating. The producers get riled up along with the guests, sweating, cursing, and throwing insults left and right in preparation for the show. During the show, they stand on the sidelines prepping guests with flattery, fashion advice, and encouraging words. Sometimes they even hand over lines that the guests then repeat verbatim on air.
Because the scenarios the producers deal with usually involve infidelity, deception, and nasty disagreements -- as well as full-on fistfights and steady streams of profanity -- younger viewers should tune out. Teens will survive a viewing, but parents may want to check in with them about the content of the show, particularly touching on the potential for exploitation of the guests.
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