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Parental Control
Created byBruce Klassen
Directed byMitchell Kret
Bruce Lewis
Jesse Vallejo
Country of originUnited States
Executive producerMichael Canter
Running timeapprox. 0:22 (per episode)
Production companiesReveille Productions
Canter/Krask Industries
MTV Series Entertainment
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 6, 2006 (2006-02-06) –
June 26, 2010 (2010-06-26)

Parental Control is a reality television show about people looking for love produced by MTV.[1] The two directors, Brendon Carter[2] and Bruce Klassen,[3] have also created other MTV shows. In Asia, this show was aired on Channel V from 2007–2009.


The version which aired February 2006, differs from its premiere on MTV's Spring Break 2005 in March. A girl was to interview five boys, and after a set of about five questions for each person or an activity of some sort, the father will eliminate one of the contestants. This continues until one contestant remained.[4]

In the latest version, parents (or in some cases, at least one parent and either his girlfriend, her boyfriend, his/her domestic partner, or the child's uncle or aunt) or guardians (either both grandparents or the child's older sibling, if any) from Los Angeles or elsewhere in Southern California are unhappy with their child's current boyfriend or girlfriend. Auditions have started as the number of applicants must be given an interview from the parents who vie for the affections of their child and both parents would eventually pick the two potential partners. Afterwards, their child goes on a blind date with the two selections that each parent chose. The child then has to decide whether to keep their current relationship, stay single, or choose one of the new prospects from his or her parents. In one episode called Kids Are In Control, where the roles are reversed with the children are unhappy with their parent's current boyfriend or girlfriend.[4]

During each date, the parents and the current partner watch and comment, often antagonistically, as the date unfolds on television. When the dates are finished, the child selects their new partner from amongst the competitors and current partner. First, one of the competitors is eliminated before the other two, then the child chooses between his/her current partner and the last remaining competitor, commenting what they liked from the remaining parent's choice and from their current boyfriend/girlfriend. The child must have to choose on the final pick and here are the choices:

The whole process often results in unpleasant behavior from the two who were eliminated. In a rare occasion, the child's chosen date would reject them and go with their previous significant other. Another rare occasion had the child's chosen boyfriend/girlfriend break up with them right away, leading the angry parent to chase after them.[5]

The show like the other reality shows aired on MTV has been accused of being staged and fake.[citation needed]


Aside from the Spring Break 2005 premiere (which only had one episode), the show premiered in February 2006 as a spring replacement show without much hype or commercials. The show, much like other MTV dating shows (Next and Date My Mom), started off with few viewers and grew to a fair-rated show.[citation needed][4]

The first season ended airing new shows around June 2006,[citation needed] to make more room for new seasons of Made, Room Raiders, and Next, and start the new TV series Why Can't I Be You?.[citation needed][4] The second season began later that year in October.[citation needed]

In March 2007, a new series was filmed in UK.[citation needed][4]


  1. ^ Owens, Jana (12 December 2007). "Reality TV shows not really founded on reality". Daily 49er. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ Brendon Carter
  3. ^ Bruce Klassen
  4. ^ a b c d e[dead link]
  5. ^