Parents' Guide to

Viva La Bam

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Adolescent boy behavior at its worst.

TV MTV Reality TV 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+


hilarious i love bam and it’s so funny and jackass too it’s a great spin off for bam
age 12+

Jack ass humor for the skater crowd.

I have to say this was my guilty pleasure as a teen. So I'm not going to totally write it off. Now that I'm an adult do I fully realize how blah it is. It can be interesting and funny, but it's mostly Jack Ass, immature stuff. They're constantly smacking around Vito and Bam's dad. Even though Bam's parents seem cool to let him do what he does. Thing is, he's rich so he can afford to clean it up and I'm sure his parents act out for tv. I would say it's okay for older preteens, watch a few episodes with them. Just cross your fingers they know never to attempt the same stuff seen on the show. Even with all the warnings.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Bam's obviously got a pretty large MTV-sponsored allowance, but his pranks are not that funny or creative. Along the way, there's lots of swearing, rowdy laughter, and mistreatment of Bam's ineffectual parents and uncle (In the derby episode, Bam and his friends take apart his uncle's car piece by piece, then, while planning out the derby, leave piles of dirt in the house for his mother to clean).

His adolescent behavior is all-the-more pathetic because he's close to 30 years old. But: the show's been on the air since fall of 2003, so it's obviously found a following. Perhaps that's what's truly pathetic: An immature, unimaginative jerk like Bam is currently what's cool amongst many young men in our culture. Sigh.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 26, 2003
  • Cast: Bam Margera
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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