A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A variety of lifestyles appear; some families are more conservative, and others much less so. Kids' behavior may seem out of line to some -- burping loudly, teasing, etc. Not much racial or other diversity, though one episode features a lesbian couple.
Violence & Scariness
Some minor physical violence between or by kids -- kicking, slapping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of dating practices.
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Nothing major -- "stupid," "I hate you," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Brands are generally blurred out. No other obvious commercialism.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features families living according to others' rules. It can be mildly upsetting to watch when parents are forced to go against some of their dearly held beliefs (albeit only for a week). Arguing is common between "spouses" and sometimes with children. Otherwise, this series is very family friendly and can be enjoyed by adults, teens, and kids old enough to be interested in the concepts it tackles.
Is It Any Good?
With such extremes coming together, the part of each episode in which the wives change the house rules is always difficult. But it's fascinating to watch as the families are forced to try on new behavior. Much of it chafes, and there's plenty of minor rebellion, but ultimately the wives and their families learn that their lives aren't as perfect as they may think and that a little change can't hurt.
Overall, the show is rather simplistic and predictable, but it can still be enjoyable to watch families grow and learn from each other. Many of the familiar reality-show elements come into play -- the producers clearly accentuate the conflicts through editing choices, and the ending is always optimistic, but it's less gimmicky and confrontational than its competition, Trading Spouses, which is refreshing.
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