Parents' Guide to

There Goes the Neighborhood

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Suburban "social experiment" gets pretty un-neighborly.

TV CBS Reality TV 2009
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The series seeks to entertain viewers by pitting close neighbors against each other within an artificial environment to see how they'll react and/or change in exchange for money. Not surprisingly, this "social experiment" creates lots of uncomfortable moments, especially when long-time neighbors hurt one another's feelings during elimination voting.

Sadly, many of the participants express some serious doubt about whether their friendships will be able to continue after the competition is over. But that doesn't seem to stop some of them from appearing greedy and competitive as they strategize against one another. As a result, the show sends mixed messages about the importance of being neighborly.

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