A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the stars of this reality show are professional bounty hunters who track down wanted criminals. When they make an arrest, they wear bullet-proof vests and approach with guns drawn, since there's always the potential for things to get physical. Emotional family drama also gets air time, and since no one seems bothered by the cameras recording their tears (when a beloved pet dies, for example) or happiness, viewers are left wondering whether the scenes are at least partially contrived. Although the show strives to highlight the general struggles of working moms who balance family and career, it mostly just offers an opportunity for one working mom to pat herself on the back for jobs well done.
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What's the story?
Meet Sandra Scott, a wife and mother who struggles with the same issues as other working moms: How can I balance my kids' needs with my desire to do my job well? And what am I making for dinner tonight? What sets Sandra apart from her fellow working moms is her unusual career. She's a bounty hunter who tracks down bail skippers in Arizona (she's also a former professional wrestler and adult film star). WIFE, MOM, BOUNTY HUNTER follows the roller-coaster ride that is Sandra's life, from the everyday monotony of household chores to the rush of collaring an evasive criminal. Cameras show both extremes: At work, she's tough to the core, facing down criminals with an intensity that belies her softer side, reserved for her daughters and husband.
Is it any good?
Viewers tag along as Sandra balances the two sides of her life -- but lest you tune in expecting a celebratory take on the struggles of working moms in general, be forewarned. The series mostly just glorifies every move that the often brash and domineering Sandra makes, allowing her to verbally pat her own back for being so good at what she does. And with cameras capturing every heartfelt and emotionally draining moment of her life (including a tearful moment when her daughter's dog is killed), the show takes on the same contrived feel shared by so many of its reality counterparts. It's also worth noting that the show includes plenty of gun use, as well as some sexual innuendo and bleeped swearing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how their own life compares to what they see on TV. Kids: Do your parents work outside the home? Does that complicate aspects of family life? How? How does your family balance time together with job demands?
Do you think home-based reality shows like this one give an accurate glimpse of real life? Are sitcoms and drama series any better?
Why is there such a market for reality TV? What reality shows do you like? Why?