Parents' Guide to

Undercover Boss

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

CEO spies tackle entry-level work in mild reality show.

TV CBS Reality TV 2010
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The show's premise is that wealthy CEOs are currently out of touch with their companies and don't understand how their decisions impact their employees' professional and personal lives. The events on the show are clearly planned to get this point across. For example, bosses are strategically paired with employees who hav sympathetic and/or distressing life stories. The show also draws specific attention to some of each company's more inadequate corporate policies and highlights any hostile and/or sexist environments that are created when some of these policies are enforced.

Still, the series is surprisingly positive overall. Unsung heroes of each company receive well-deserved recognition, and the featured managers also seem willing to reevaluate some of their companies' procedures in order to serve both the company and its employees. But what really makes the show worth watching is that it acts as a symbolic voice for the millions of people across the country who work hard to contribute to the day-to-day operations of some of America's major corporations.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 7, 2010
  • Cast: Mark Keller
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 3, 2023

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