Parents' Guide to

The Surreal Life

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

C-list celebs play house in mature reality show.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2003
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The series began as a juicy, guilty pleasure but quickly became a sad, boring mess. Food fights, wrestling matches, and screaming feuds have become commonplace, if not expected, in the series. All the tears and fights flow freely in between the housemates' menial "projects" -- such as promotional photo shoots, filming a music video for a fellow cast member's comeback, or performing as a band for a benefit. These random tasks are meant to provide a means for celebs to bond or break, but they end up making the cast seem almost like animals in a zoo performing tricks for the audience. Pointing and laughing at celebs gone bad (or bust) is sad on many levels -- and a lesson that any kid who's been through school doesn't need reinforced during primetime.

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