A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Letting strangers live in your home can lead to very bad things. It also highlights the need for doing your due diligence when looking for roommates if possible. The invisibility of certain populations, and the need to protect them, is also highlighted in one episode.
Positive Role Models
Some of the people victimized by their roommates have overcome a lot, consider themselves survivors, and believe that they are stronger for what happened to them.
The terrible roommates are of different genders, ages, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels. So are the victims.
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Violence & Scariness
There are descriptions of arguments, violent, brutal attacks, and murder, ranging from poisoning to bludgeoning and strangulation. Real crime scene photos show blood and bloody wounds, and other disturbing details. There are also images of severely damaged homes after a natural disaster. Guns are discussed. In one episode alcohol is used to disguise poison.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some individuals discuss dating and having intimate relationships with their roommates, but there's nothing overtly sexual visible or discussed.
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Words like "hell" and curses like "f--k" are sometimes used.
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Products & Purchases
Old local restaurants and businesses are sometimes featured, but not in a promotional sense.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is sometimes discussed and visible in reenactments. In one episode alcohol is used to disguise poison.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Worst Roommate Ever is a true crime series that features disturbing stories about people who were exploited and financially, emotionally, and physically harmed by their roommates. Violent attacks and murders are discussed, and the ways people were harmed are described in some detail, sometimes with the help of police photos. There's some talk of romantic relationships, and drinking is discussed (and visible in reenactments). Cursing is sometimes audible, and on occasion local businesses are shown.
Is It Any Good?
From professional squatters to serial killers, the each harrowing episode of the true crime series tells a cautionary tale about what can happen when you allow strangers into your home in order to split the rent. The narratives, most of which were previously featured in local and national news outlets, and on TV magazine shows like Dateline, are offered from the point of view of the victims and their loved ones. Some of them are stories of survival, some are not, and all of them are disturbing. No doubt fans of the genre will find it worth the watch, but Worst Roommate Ever may serve as a motivator for living on your own from now on.
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