Total Wrecklamation

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Resourceful host salvages overlooked treasures.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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Sexy stuff
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Language

Some strong words are occasionally bleeped out.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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  • 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?

TV details

Cast:Jodi Murphy
Network:Planet Green
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 12, 16, and 18 year old Written byCandushka December 1, 2008
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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 lively, fun, and friendly side of finding bargains. Jodi Murphy creates an off-the-wall camp jubilee excitement around the hard work of reclaiming treasures from the wrecking ball. Jodi's wild sense of humor makes you forget you are doing the 'right thing' and makes you think you are just having a blast.
Adult Written byleanandgreen November 29, 2008
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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 hunters alike. I'm from the Chicagoland area and have attended one of Jodi's auctions. They're just as fun in person as they look on TV!Kudos to Planet Green for bringing this to the masses.
Adult Written byhairlaura November 26, 2008
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so much fun!!!!

Jodi Murphy is such a great source of entertainment!! Her energy is great and she is sooo funny! The show is edited very well and never boring. The idea of the show is great and her business truly is a great awareness for people to recycle perfectly good items. The thought of wasting certain materials as wood floors makes me crazy. All those trees!! I cant wait for the next episode!!!

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