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Viva La Bam

TV review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
Viva La Bam TV Poster Image
Adolescent boy behavior at its worst.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Bam torments his family (and isn't that nice to his friends). You wouldn't want your kids emulating his pranks.


No one gets hurt, but there are plenty of dangerous pranks.


Lots of swearing -- the beeps keep coming.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they would not want their kids copying any of the pranks shown in this show (or treating their family the way Bam treats his).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymisuspotts April 9, 2008
Adult Written byV O May 20, 2012

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymissybobcat April 9, 2008

this rocks

this show is Awesome it is soo funny and i think that 13 year old and up should watch it. for 5 to 12 year old stay away from mtv for a couple of years.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

funny, but a lil violent

if u buy the dvd, (dont buy it 4 the kids its uncensored) but a must buy dvd choice. funny

What's the story?

Like Jackass, VIVA LA BAM, starring pro-skater Bam Margera, centers around naughty boy pranks. In one episode, he organizes a Civil War reenactment on his property, and on another, a demolition derby.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids might find this show appealing. What do you think of Bam? Is he someone to be looked up to? He's nearly 30 -- why is he still acting this way? Why are pranks shows so popular right now? How do shows like this influence young boys?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 26, 2003
  • Cast: Bam Margera
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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