A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although it's not always evident, the show's overall goal is to help people be more comfortable with who they are by giving them the chance to learn what it's like not to be themselves. While the "mentors" are paid for their time, most of them ultimately take a genuine interest in helping out the person who's seeking their guidance.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo, including conversations about flirting and "sleep overs" with people of the opposite sex. One participant was told to "be an adult" after he assumed that his male admirer was gay. Another was called a "pimp" as a compliment.
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Words like "hell" are occasionally heard.
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Products & Purchases
Southern California businesses and hot spots like the Spider Club, Canter's Deli, Dolce Restaurant, and Equinox Gym are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Consumption of alcohol (beer, mixed drinks) is sometimes visible. In one episode, the host offers to act as a designated driver if somebody drank at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows young adults as they spend 48 hours with someone who seems (to them) to have the "ideal" life -- is a little offbeat, but the overall goal is to help people become more comfortable with themselves. While the show is pretty mild overall (especially for MTV), expect some mild sexual innuendo, occasional strong language (mostly along the lines of "hell"), and drinking.
Is It Any Good?
While the show's ostensible purpose is to highlight the importance of being comfortable with your own individuality, the focus often seems to be more on capturing the awkward moments between the admirer and the admiree. In fact, some of these moments are so uncomfortable (like when the mentors try to explain the odd project to friends -- or, worse, dates) that they seem a bit contrived. As a result, it's a little hard to appreciate the show's overall message until the very end.
But even though the show's approach is a bit unusual, its attempt to promote positive self-esteem is definitely a good thing. It's possible that younger tweens may not be mature enough to understand the connections being made here, but older tweens and teens can definitely benefit from the message.
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