Parents' Guide to

Untying the Knot

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Divorce reality full of anger and assets.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2014
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Untying the Knot reveals the wide-variety of material assets -- from engagement rings and works of art, to real estate investments, and even a wooden Buddha statue -- that become points of contention between divorcing couples. It also shows how, in divorce proceedings, people are unable to make logical decisions about the division of their assets thanks to their emotional attachments to them. But what creates some of the show's more climactic moments are when couples learn about the actual market value of their coveted assets, which is usually much less than they expect.

The couples featured appear somewhat amicable on camera, but the undercurrent of tension between them, the quiet exchange of insults, and occasional calmly-voiced threats, reveal some very toxic relationships. Meanwhile, the couples often appear extremely materialistic. There are things than can be learned here, but the fact that people's divorce proceedings are the subjects of this entertainment-oriented reality show is what makes it fundamentally disturbing.

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