Twinning

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Twins competing in reality game show equal double the drama.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Twins have unique bonds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some contestants are bullies.

Violence

Lots of argumentative behavior; pushing, shoving, fighting, bullying.

Sex

Strong innuendo, suggestive dancing.

Language

"Bitch," "ass,” “slut”; bleeped curses, blurred gestures.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (mixed drinks, wine).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Twinning is a reality competition featuring very close pairs of twins who compete while separated from each other. It reveals some quirky characteristics twins may possess, but the show's focus is mostly on the standard reality drama. It contains lots of strong vocab ("bitch," "piss," "ass"; bleeped curses, blurred gestures), sexual innuendo, arguing, and bullying between contestants. There's also lots of drinking. 

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What's the story?

TWINNING is a reality show that separates adult sets of very close twins from each other to test their bonds. Hosted by Angie Greenup, the series separates twins into two teams, which requires them to live apart. Together they participate in a range of challenges that test how well they know each other, sometimes without being able to see or speak to one another. Competition "twinners" get a variety of prizes, including opportunities to be temporarily reunited, while losing pairs get sent home. The last remaining set of twins in the competition walks away with $222,222.22. Being apart creates lots of drama, but throughout it all these twins learn how unbreakable their connections really are.

Is it any good?

The series offers all the drama, cursing, and sexual innuendo one comes to expect from these sorts of reality competitions. Nonetheless, it also manages to highlight some of the interesting and quirky characteristics twin siblings often share, including being able to sense what the other is thinking or doing while they're apart, saying the same things at the same time, and even sleeping in the same bed.

It also underscores how difficult it can be for close sets of adult twins -- some of whom have never been apart for more than 24 hours -- to be without their other half. But much of this translates into endless arguing and some outright bullying as they try to cope alone and defend each other. It's not an ideal exhibit of twin or human behavior, but reality fans may find something entertaining here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about twins. Did you know that in many cultural myths, twins are considered to have magical powers? Why do you think this is?

  • What kinds of characteristics or connections do twins often claim they share? Do you think this series portrays these connections accurately, or are they exaggerated for entertainment purposes?

TV details

For kids who love reality game shows

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