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The first couple of episodes may cause you to form opinions on several of the participants, but stay with it. You will find that people can and do change their perspectives, even on topics as hot as race. The one who found a place in my heart was Rose, and I suspect you may grow attached to her as well. The other players have personalities that seem to be works in progress, but this seems to be a good thing, which adds to my fascination. I am awarding 5 stars only because it is worthy of 4 and a half but no such option exists.
Give this one a try and you may find that it is something you will want to share with your children. There is however some language that you may find inappropriate for younger viewers. Although most of the harsher language has been bleeped, more sensitive parents may find what is left to be too offensive.
I am really surprised that there hasn't been more talk in the wake of this first airing on F/X years ago. As a person of mixed heritage myself, I found this to be a gripping social experiment, even aside from some of the stupid "reality show" un-reality that is created around it to make it good tv. I would love to see this viewed and discussed in seminars or classes, particularly those focused on the new buzzword "diversity." The DVD comes with an accompanying study guide, but I haven't examined its utility yet because there is plenty of stuff to get a heated debate going without it. It has been the source of some really good insights and conversations which change depending on the people watching by race, gender and generation.
I think this is potentially a marvelous tool for bridging the gap which still seems present between races (and perhaps even generations) today. I mean, how often does someone really get a chance to be someone else in such a way that will change the way OTHERS perceive you? I say "potentially" because there are a few pitfalls, and the elephant in the room is not so much a race issue, but a class issue as well - it is no accident that the people selected for this were upper-middle class families. It would change the entire dynamic in a slew of different ways to shift the economics of the situation. I will say though, that it is not an easy topic to tackle, and believe it or not, this is by far the most respectable reality-tv I've ever seen.Read more ›
As for the DVDs, I was hoping the commentary from the cast members would shed some light on the episodes. I've only seen the ladies' commentary so far, and I didn't hear any discussion on the arguments that took place, in particular the exchange over the use of the word "bitch". The show and the DVD extras proved to be disappointing all around.
In addition, the make-up was very convincing; it allowed people from both families to experience the world and its different cultures and attitudes in ways they otherwise never would have experienced. The two families also had to live under one roof during the six week experience and everyone understood that it was OK for disagreements and even arguments to be openly dealt with on camera. Talk about reality TV that's intelligent and insightful! Another reviewer notes that even though some offensive language was edited out of these episodes, there still may be some word that might offend more sensitive people. However, this remains an excellent, brilliant experiment (and experience) that both families--and this viewer--won't forget anytime soon.Read more ›
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Great thought provoking TV Series that will make you reconsider a few things about your point of view in life.Published 5 months ago by D.
This is a great show, started watching it in my Sociology class and liked it so much, I purchased it!Published on April 12, 2013 by Sarah
I was very pleased to receive this product just as it was promised at a very reasonable price. I am very glad to have found the DVD since I was using Netflix and since I show only... Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Joseph B. Cumberland
We Dutch people are pretty far in excepting other people's religion, colour, tradtions, etc. etc. So, it really struck me that the black vs. Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by Jan Van Drooge
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