Total Wrecklamation

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Resourceful host salvages overlooked treasures.

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age 4+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Murphy's business is as much about keeping stuff out of landfills as it is making money.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some strong words are occasionally bleeped out.


Murphy has a business doing what she does on the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Murphy will sometimes mention beer. In one case, she jokes, "If I smoked, I'd ask for a cigarette." But neither activity is actually seen.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show about making the best of a demolition situation doesn't have any content that's inappropriate for tweens -- though it may not be a topic of high interest to them, either. It may seem harsh to tear down a house that, on the outside, looks perfectly beautiful and usable. But the host/star explains that Americans' changing needs means that sometimes remodeling can't address everything that needs to be done.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 12, 16, and 18+-year-old Written byCandushka December 1, 2008

Now, more than ever!

Even though we should always be sensitive to taking care of the earth, tough economic times makes us NEED to be conscious about waste. This show highlights the... Continue reading
Adult Written byleanandgreen November 29, 2008

Great concept, fun to watch

Really funny, unique way to look at recycling. Jodi is off the wall (in a good way) and the show is inspiring to established do-it-yourselfers and bargain hunte... Continue reading

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What's the story?

TOTAL WRECKLAMATION host/star Jodi Murphy initially started her business -- auctioning off materials from homes about to be demolished -- because she needed to support her three daughters as a single mom. But she soon became passionate about reclaiming as much as possible from these homes so that it doesn't end up in landfills. The show follows her as she looks at empty houses, determines what can be sold/salvaged, and lines up potential buyers for the auction.

Is it any good?

The fact that Murphy is all but begs her buyers to increase their bids is a little off-putting. And while the show seems like the kind of thing that would work beautifully as a special, it's hard to imagine watching it week after week and seeing what appears to be pretty much the same thing every time. On the plus side, in our throw-away society, learning how to buy used isn't such a bad option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this show is more about educating people or about letting them into Murphy's life. Which part is more interesting to you? Why? Also, what lessons do you think the show is teaching? Do you agree with those lessons? Who do you think this show is designed to appeal to?

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