The Springer Hustle

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Insider's look at the making of talk-show trash.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


Fistfights, verbal attacks, discussion of being in jail for assault, etc.


Discussion of sex, infidelity, sex toys, promiscuity, and more.


Lots of cursing, with plenty unbleeped, like "ass," "s--t," and "bitch." "F--k" is common, too, but it is bleeped.


Promotes The Jerry Springer Show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Depends on the episode, but at least one guest is accused of being a "meth head."

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.

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What's the story?

THE SPRINGLER HUSTLE goes behind the scenes with the producers of the notorious Jerry Springer Show, following individual producers as they try to piece together their segments while the clock ticks down. Producers hunt for titillating stories, interview potential guests, pitch their ideas to bosses, and then pull it all together in the final hours before going live in front of the talk show's studio audience. Interviews and footage of producers in the throes of their work give viewers a sense of the different producers' styles and a hint of what drives them to succeed in this competitive, unique profession. For example, one episode follows a producer named Selina as she puts together an old-fashioned \"ass-kicking\" show involving love triangles and racy secrets revealed on stage. Selina feels pressure to deliver the \"feisty\" segment that she pitched to the executive producer and is saved in the final hours by a new production assistant whose job was on the line if she didn't deliver.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show. Why do people want to air their dirty laundry on television? Would you ever go on a show like this? Do you think guests are looking for fame? Do you think they get what they want by appearing on the show? Does this series change your impression of The Jerry Springer Show? How? What messages do you think this show is trying to send?

TV details

Cast:Jerry Springer
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byloldoge333 January 18, 2015


It's good for the "Violence for The Whole Fzmily!" Families. But, it might influence your children to fight or call each other shemales before they know what it means.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 14 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... August 9, 2013

more of an adult and teen kinda show not for kids no no no!!!!

more of an adult kinda show defintley not a kids show! but better for teens 15 and up and adults. that's all im saying thank you very much.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl November 2, 2010


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