Parents' Guide to

World's Strictest Parents

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unruly teens get an eye-opening reality check.

TV CMT Reality TV 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 18+

Boycott strict parents

All the strict parents should be arrested in jailed for life for all their abuse and the parents of the teens should be locked away too let them go to. Jail and see what it's like to be abuse

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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age 17+

Parents need a share of the blame.

Teenagers don’t usually act rebellious/entitled for no reason. It’s time for parents to stop acting like victims and start taking some responsibility for how their kids turned out. Behaviors, thoughts & actions are rooted in childhood, so the way these teenagers were raised speaks volumes. Remember: behind every rebellious kid is a parent in denial.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (13 ):

The series (which is based on a British series of the same name) tries to send some positive messages about curbing inappropriate teen behavior and setting limits. But some of the take-aways are a little confusing. The show fails to hold the teens' biological parents accountable for failing to establish and enforce rules. And there are times when the well-intentioned host parents appear to be playing to the cameras, especially when they talk endlessly about the multiple ways that their "new" kids are breaking the rules and will be punished.

While it seems like all of the adults involved are trying to do the right thing, it's obvious that for some of the teens, the entire experience is just a temporary bandage covering deeper psychological issues. Still, overall, World's Strictest Parents attempts to address teens' need for clear and consistent boundaries to guide them and to help them see that their negative behaviors can lead to some very serious consequences.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 1, 2008
  • Cast: Gary Mavers
  • Network: CMT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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