1 September 2008 (2008-09-01) – 15th December 2011
The World's Strictest Parents (or World's Strictest Parents) is a television reality series developed by TwentyTwenty Television, with its original origin and broadcast in Britain by the BBC. The success of the program lead to many international versions being created including in the America's (broadcast by CMT) (part of MTV Networks) and Australia by the Channel Seven, the CMT episodes frequently rebroadcasting on MTV. There is also many other international foreign versions (listed below) including a German (German language)-version titled "Die strengsten Eltern der Welt" (The strictest Parents in the World).
The concept is that two so-called "unruly" teenagers are sent to live abroad with a strict host family for a week in an attempt to change their attitudes and behaviours. During the week they receive an impact letter from their real parents with a list of issues they should try to resolve.
Unruly British teenagers are sent abroad to live with strict families in an experiment to find out the right way to bring up a child. Generally they spend 10 days with their adopted parents trying to live within their rules.
The first series was broadcast on a Thursday.
In the First Episode, the teenagers, Ross and Naomi, are both the same age. At the end of the episode, the wrong trailer is used by mistake, advertising the next episode that the host family is in Ghana which is actually (episode 3) the next one (episode 2) is in Jamaica.
Changed My Life Catchup with the 10 teenagers features in the series, looking back over their experiences to see if strict parenting has changed the relationship they have with their own parents. This episode aired in Australia on Saturday, 7th December 2013
During the show, Peter gets a tattoo from an unlicensed parlour, thus putting him at risk of contracting HIV. The production staff intervene, fearing for his safety. But Peter was very unhappy after being forced to leave the parlour with a half-finished tattoo which was, ironically, to say "Wisdom" in Hindi.
The Peck family are devoted Mormons. This is the first episode that features a teen who is a young parent (Hannah). This was the most viewed episode on this show. This episode aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead.
Gemma and Jack are introduced to the Schechet (pronounced as "Shekay") family, an Orthodox Jewish American family who are from Los Angeles but moved to Israel to live a more religious life. The teens at first throw tantrums and disregard rules, but are humbled by their enjoyment of the work, and a meeting with two elderly Holocaust survivors. However, Gemma becomes jealous when attention is turned to Jack, and resumes her old behavior, after which she is asked to leave. After she spends a night in a Tel Aviv hotel, the Schechets decide to give her another chance and invite her back to join them for lunch in Jerusalem, after which they visit the Western Wall.
Kaya becomes the first teenager to fail to complete the week in the show's history. After being rushed to hospital it was revealed that she was faking an illness. Meanwhile, Jay struggles with motivational issues ever since the death of his four-year-old niece, Molly. This episode was aired as an Australian Episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead.
Update The programme catches up with ten teenagers featured in the series. The episodes that were represented were Atlanta, India, Botswana, Utah and Lebanon. The teens recall their experiences and promises, answering whether or not the programme changed their life.
Series three premiered on BBCThree on 11 October 2010, the show returned for an 11 episode run. Whilst not formally announced, it appears the teens now spend a week with their adopted families rather than the 10 days in the two previous series. Each episode aired at 9:00pm on BBCThree and was repeated at various times over the following week. It was also moved to a Monday.
The first time one of the training parents, has gone to the home of one of the British teens, as well as the first time that the parents have been same-sex, the second time one of the teens was a teen parent (Wesley) and the first time one of the teenagers stayed longer than planned (Tamsin).
The first time one of the teenagers (Nathan) has failed to complete the first night after not handing over his cigarettes. Nathan returns in the morning after realizing his faults. In this episode after a verbal confrontation between Andrea and Nicole, Andrea loses her temper and shouts at Nicole in which Nicole runs out into the street but returns after a couple of hours. Nathan spends one night out of the house for not apologizing for leaving school.
Update The programme catches up with 10 British teenagers from the series six months after they lived with families all over the globe. It reveals the lessons they learnt and the inside story of their journeys, including father-to-be Wesley McGillian and Rosie Hynd who met her match in Puerto Rico. Five of the episodes were represented – those being New Jersey, Barbados, Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico and Texas. All teens involved had made a marked change in their attitudes and behaviour.
Features for the first time a teenager with a learning disability (Bryony) and is mentally ill, which means she has anger management issues. Remzi and Bryony were kicked out from school on their first day, after Bryony used a profanity in the classroom, threatening and pushing the head teacher, Remzi for lacking behind on his work, being lazy and giving Bryony a cigarette, afterwhich both teens smoked on the school grounds.
The teens are kicked out of school after an incident where security are called and Joiee refuses to let them search his bag, for fear of his gin being discovered. Shola is kicked out of the Virks' flat for a short while after using profanity in the flat and pushing and hitting Ashwani when he asks her to wear a saree for his deceased father's memorial service. She later apologizes and is allowed back in the flat.
The teens have to live under the guidance of a wealthy Chinese-American family. After the show Georgie still refused to apologise to the Lis after her angry outburst during the show and to this day she is still upset about them.
Before Ritchie was sent to Turkey he had two ear piercings. He had a bad relationship with his dad, who left him when he was a kid. Ritche moved in with his mum at the age of 11. Ritche has been through a lot of detention and he's lacking school. Meanwhile Mum is struggling with her 17 year old wild girl Hanna.
Unlike the original British series, in which teenagers were sent to live abroad, the US series had the teenagers remain within The United States, as the program was produced with a reduced cable network budget rather than that of a national broadcast network, and law and passport concerns as some episodes would likely feature subjects which would not meet passport regulations. Another difference was that their own parents came for them and evaluated the stay with the host family.
The Seven Network also created their own series of The World's Strictest Parents, hosted by singer and actor Axle Whitehead. The first season debuted in Australia on 22 July 2009. However, a sneak peek was shown on 24 June 2009 and was the top watched show of the week, with 1.875 million people tuning in. Whitehead's song Way Home was featured in the advertisements. The show is classified PG.
A second season went to air on 14 July 2010, starting with two British episodes featuring Whitehead's narration.
After Harry left school, Mary put him in his room for the entire night. Harry also misbehaved on his first day of school and had trouble fitting in, while Emily was forced to remove piercings from her face before going which she reluctantly agreed to; the parents confiscated Harry's phone and runners. Re-aired 2 June 2013
Corie and Thea were picked up by the police for cutting school and got kicked out of said institution. They were then forced into boot camp which instantly tested Corie's intelligence. Re-aired 8 September 2013 and 6 October 2013
Liam was kicked out of the house for going out twice and threatening Yvonne. He was allowed back in the next day. During Rylee's speech on her last day in New Zealand, it is indicated that she was most likely raped by an older man that she ran away with when she was 15 years old.
Unlike the original series, the teenagers don`t know they are going to different parents and think it`s a holiday trip. The new family usually does not speak German and the teenagers likewise usually don't speak any other language than German so they can only talk through translators. Therefore they do not have long conversation or are given advice as in the original series.