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Why Can't I Be You?

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Offbeat reality show helps build self-esteem.

TV MTV , MTV2 Reality TV 2006
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 24, 2006
  • Cast: Nick Zano
  • Networks: MTV , MTV2
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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