Parents' Guide to

Secret Millionaire

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Reality show offers rich lessons about giving.

TV ABC Reality TV 2008
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Great Show!

Great show if you have an older child( middle school or older.) -Touches on dark themes but doesn't go into detail -Shows overall a very positive message with great Role models

Is It Any Good?

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The series offers a compassionate exploration of some of the socioeconomic problems that have ultimately resulted in millions of Americans living in poverty. And by presenting the show as a reality check for the wealthy, it discusses these issues in a way that offsets preconceived notions about the poor. It highlights how very easy it is for good, hardworking people to find themselves living below the poverty line due to things like the lack of adequate (or any) health insurance or becoming the a victim of a natural disaster. Secret Millionaire also identifies many of the reasons why cities and towns die, including the systematic destruction of a community's natural resources, changes in the economy, and the increasing proliferation of drugs and violence.

While the show puts a lot of focus on the reasons that people fall on hard times, it also frequently stresses the importance of giving. The series does emphasize the millionaires' cash donations, but it also demonstrates that you don't have to be wealthy to make a huge difference in the lives of people in need. From volunteering to simply listening, it shows how the smallest things can have a great impact on the others' lives. Ultimately, it teaches the lesson that no matter how much money you have, it's our compassion for people in need and the acts of kindness we offer that truly make us rich.

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