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The "World's Strictest Parents" is a television show on CMT (Country Music Channel) that takes misbehaving, out of control teens from their parent's homes and out of their comfort zone and places them in a home with strict moral and ethical standards. During the week they spend in their new homes, they are forced to abide by the rules of an unfamiliar and very strict household, living with parents that have high expectations in school, work and community service. Often times the teens are quite resistant to making positive changes in their lives, but as the week progresses, many of them start to shed their thick skin and warm up to the idea of respect and responsibility.

While living in their new homes, the teens are forced to work hard in the family business, participate in community service activities and learn to speak and act respectively towards their elders. They are often confronted with difficult and emotional conversations by their new parents in an attempt to get to the root of their problems and discover why it is they are acting out. Although some teens are extremely difficult to get through to, the patience and persistence of the new parents almost always enables them to get the teens to open up and share their true feelings and the struggles they are going through. The teens are given time to self reflect and reconsider their behavior and the pain they are inflicting on their parents and the rest of their family.

As the show concludes the teens have what is often a very emotional reunion with their parents when they arrive to pick them up. Both sets of parents sit down with the teens and have a brutally honest and open conversation about the past week's experiences and offer suggestions to both the parents and the child to help them live more harmoniously once they get back home.

Electing to be a participant on the "World's Strictest Parents" is a last ditch effort for parents desperate to get their teenage children back in line and behaving like responsible young adults. The show seems to have a genuinely positive effect on all parties involved.

Saturday 8:00 PM et/pt on CMT
2 Seasons, 38 Episodes - Canceled
April 18, 2009
Reality
4.1/10
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World's Strictest Parents Full Episode Guide

  • The Fishers are a family of nine with children ages 5-17. Rose Mary and Rick are ultra organized, resilient, and demand respect in their home. They decide to take in two party girls to teach them a few life lessons.

  • Ken and Mary Jo Illig are the parents to four children and have fostered many other children. They believe that being honest, level-headed and consistent is the best approach to parenting. They also lead by example. They decide to take in two unruly teenagers to stay with them and to live by their rules.

  • Charles and Traci Moyer rarely miss a beat because Traci is an investigative journalist and Charles has a military background. Admitting they are hard on their two boys, they want to raise them to be honest and respectable. They decide to take on two selfish teenagers who will experience what it's like to live in the Moyer home.

  • Jeff and Maria Bledsoe believe that children should learn by example. Each day they run long distances with their five children and expect each child to work hard to keep the three family businesses going. Jeff and Maria take on two spoiled teens to teach them a few life lessons.

  • Dino and Deborah Pavoni own their own pizzza restaurant and run a tight ship and have high expectations to keep things organized. They take on two disrespectful teenagers who are used to calling the shots.

  • The Smiths are a family of overachievers and hard workers who show horses and have their own farm. The parents feel that working with horses demands respect and responsibility. They decide to take on two disrespectful teenagers who are also underachievers.

  • A retired SWAT commander and his wife from Chardon, Ohio take in two dishonest teens.

  • The Allen Family run a farm in Georgia. Their children are expected to take care of the variety of animals as well as have a good attitude and work hard. They decide to take in two dysfunctional teenagers who will be required to keep the family rules.

  • Two misbehaving teens from different families are forced to live a different lifestyle with a host family with very strict parents.

  • The Robinson family takes in two ungrateful and self-indulged teens to stay with them on their goat farm. The Robinsons work hard for very little but they wouldn't have it any other way. Will they be able to share some of their values?

  • The Sheffields take in Chris and Danielle -- two out-of-control teenagers with more interest in hard partying than hard work -- and their values and philosophies are given their toughest test yet. Although the Sheffields enforce a diet of hard work and strict rules to get the teens into line, neither Chris nor Danielle is quick to convert. But after a week together, will the family's tough love approach force a change in the teens' priorities?

  • Two disrespectful teenagers spend a week living with the family. Mary and Wyatt are both self-centered teens with little interest in doing anything that doesn't benefit them, and neither takes well to learning the family home is a no-go zone for cell phones and cigarettes. But with nowhere else to turn, can a week of living under the Carrolls' strict moral code break through the teens' tough exteriors and offer a changed vision of the future?

  • The Coopers take in Victoria and Caleb, two headstrong teens with no desire to be a part of any family unit. But will the Coopers' rigid rules, combined with both parents' unwavering emotional support, convince these two teens to rethink their current lives?

  • The Browns take in Shauna and Megan, two teen girls who have little regard for parental influence and family rules. Can the Browns' firm hand force these teens to reassess their lives? Or will their delinquent ways get the better of the strict parents?

  • The Combes take in Samantha and Nick, two bad tempered teenagers who have little respect for others and know no boundaries. Will a week of living Combes-style help these teens to change their stubborn attitudes?

  • The Ballards take in Matt and Lilly, two self-centered teenagers who have no respect for authority and don't want to be part of a family unit. Will a week of the Ballards' "get up and go" approach force these teens to shed their selfish bad attitudes and get in the game?

  • The Smidts are a family with 11 acres of land in Idaho. They believe that hard work creates good work ethic. They take on Anthony and Sierra, who are two disrespectful teens.

  • The Calls are a large Utah family that depends on everyone pitching in and working hard both in and out of the home. They believe that every member of the family must pull their load. The Calls take in Mark and Ariel, who have never had to do hard work in their lives.

  • The McCormicks are a strict Iowa family. Sean is a police officer who believes in rigid schedules and hard work for his family. Irene is a fitness instructor who instills healthy values in her children. When lazy teens, Zach and Karli, enter the McCormick's house, Irene and Sean have their work cut out for them.

  • The Gentrups are a loving Arizona family who believe that a positive and considerate attitude is everything. Jim and Janee Gentrup don't tolerate self indulgence. They believe hard work and giving back to the community is the way to raise self-sufficient and socially engaging kids.

  • The Bouldins are a tight-knit North Carolina family who believe that tough love is a biblical principal. The pastor of his own church, Blake Bouldin keeps his own kids on the righteous path and demands they lead disciplined and honest lives. For the next week, the Bouldins take in Mackenzie and Ian, two teens with bad attitudes and bold aspirations to have it their way. Fireworks ensue when the teens test the Bouldins with their defiance and dishonesty. Can the Bouldins' stern punishments and tough love approach get these two teens to see the light?

  • The Knights are a Tennessee family who believe in enforcing the law at work and at home. Penny Knight is a juvenile probation officer who keeps her own children on a tight leash. For the next week, they will take in two rowdy teens. Jackie and Spencer have engaged in illegal activities and have no respect for authority. When they meet the Knights, two contrasting worlds collide. Will a week on lockdown force these teens to straighten up?

  • The Mannings are a ranching family from Oregon who believe luxuries and trust must be earned. This means the kids living in their home start off with a mattress and one change of clothes. Do they have what it takes to buckle down and get with the program?

  • Sam and Amy Wright head up a strict and loving household based on old-fashioned traditional values. The Wright children are expected to address elders with "ma'am" and "sir." Both parents agree that all kids will test a parent's resolve and as such, require a tight leash. This means searching bags and checking up on their kids to make sure the rules are being followed at all times. These parents pride themselves on being consistent and following through with punishment 100 percent of the time.

  • Cliff and Lisa Bolton are both coaches at the local high school. But even when they're away from their football team and cheerleaders, they're still very much in coach mode. They're quick to blow the whistle on their own kids' transgressions, demanding push-ups or other physical tasks as a consequence for bad behavior.

  • The Forsyth Family bases their lives around family and faith. They very seldom leave their Arkansas home where they have a giant family camp for all to enjoy their daily diet of worship, work and wholesome recreational activities. Can two troubled teenagers spend a week with the Forsyths and transform their lives?

  • On "Rutherford Ranch", a 50-acre property, Adam and Pamela share a nice lifestyle with family; their two teenage daughters (Adam's from a previous marriage), two sons, three horses and a dog. They live in a 5,000 square foot home, and enjoy many toys for all ages such as ATVs, horses and ski equipment. In raising their kids they stress the importance, every day, that they all enjoy the luxuries of life as a result of hard work and a commitment to excellence. To truly be happy in life you have to live by it's key fundamental; hard work, which will give you success in both life and relationships.

  • A pair of teens whose own parents can no longer control them spend some time with Andrea and Daniel Morrison who happen to be no-nonsense, interventionist parents. The Morrisons waste no time tackling Adele's manipulative ways and Garrett's far-out appearance and hope that living in their extremely strict household can make a difference to the teens and

  • A religious South Georgia family allows a pair of unruly teens, who are beyond their own parents' control, to stay in their home. Unpredictable Julie and cocky Sebastian spend a week learning the strict discipline and organization of David and Dana Cork. Everyone is hopeful that this emotional experience for the teens can make a lasting difference to both of the teens' troubled relationships with their own parents.

  • Paul and Dana Helton are strict Tennessee parents. They take in troubled teenagers, Whitney and Stephen, and allow them to spend a week living with their family. The teens are in for a surprise. They get a taste of Paul and Dana's zero tolerance approach to parenting and sparks fly causing conflict to erupt. Enduring a grueling week of hard work and discipline, will either Stephen or Whitney be changed?

  • Ricky and Katie are wild teenagers who have partied their way out of their parents' control. In an attempt to change them, they're going to live in the McCuin family's strict, extremely religious, household in Tennessee .

  • A devout Georgian family which are long in discipline and structure, take in some unruly teens.

  • Brittani and Ivan's 'do as they want' behavior has left their mom's in despair. The teens will be removed from their home and sent to a strict Southern Californian family for a week...to live under their set of rules. This includes no smoking, no piercings and no privacy, but plenty of chores, rules and consequences.

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