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Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter

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Busy mom's life is dramatic, but reality is iffy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series spotlights a hardworking mom who strives to balance her family and professional lives. But the bounty hunters are often judgmental in their off-handed remarks about criminals -- calling them idiots, for example -- and criminals are sometimes verbally belligerent to the officials.

Positive role models

The stars of this show are bounty hunters, who pursue criminals for their own gain (rather than simply because it's the right thing to do). They're sometimes judgmental, sometimes admirable -- but they often let drama take center stage.

Violence

The bounty hunters draw guns when pursuing criminals. Arrests have the potential for scuffles when subjects resist.

Sex

Sandra makes mild flirtatious moves on her husband, like pinching his butt. She also talks about how she uses her body (with "boobs hanging out") to trick some of her subjects (especially men) into trusting her when she's undercover.

Language

"Damn" is infrequent; words like "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People in the background are sometimes shown smoking.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:April 20, 2007
Cast:Sandra Scott
Network:WE
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written bychilihedz April 9, 2008

Boring dogette wannabe

There will never be another Dog Bounty Hunter. He is realizm at it's finest. This show is plain boring. Mom bounty hunter tries to act and fails miserably.
Adult Written byjohnsteed April 9, 2008

Former Pornstar

I cant beleave that they put this lady on tv. She is a former porn star who went by the name Tiffany Million. This makes me sick to my stomach!!!
Adult Written byjuju3040 April 9, 2008

Trash

This show stinks. Sandra has a big head, as does her daughter, which at 15, has bleached hair, tattoo on her butt, and is dating. What is this parent thinking? Not to mention the attitude to go with it. Again, next to Dog the Bounty Hunter, this show is wasting my time and hers.

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