Viva La Bam



Adolescent boy behavior at its worst.

What parents need to know

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.

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Lots of swearing -- the beeps keep coming.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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).

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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Bam Margera
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bymisuspotts April 9, 2008
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.
Parent Written bysumoni 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. 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.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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