The World's Strictest Parents

The World's Strictest Parents (or World's Strictest Parents) is an international television franchise reality series developed by Twenty Twenty with its original broadcast in Britain by BBC Three. The success of the program led to many overseas versions being created including in the Americas (broadcast by CMT) (part of MTV Networks) the CMT episodes frequently rebroadcasting on MTV. There are also many other international foreign versions (listed below) including an Australian version, a New Zealand version, and a German (German language)-version titled "Die strengsten Eltern der Welt" (The Strictest Parents of the World). As well other locales to have locally produced adaptations include Scandinavia, Turkey, and Poland.

The World's Strictest Parents
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Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes33
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Twenty Twenty
Original networkBBC Three
Original release1 September 2008 (2008-09-01) –
15 December 2011 (2011-12-15)
External links

The series won an International Emmy Award for best Non-Scripted Entertainment. The concept is that two unruly teenagers are sent to live with a strict host family either locally or abroad for a week in an attempt to change their attitudes, outlooks, and behaviours in general. During the week they receive an impact letter from their real parents with a list of issues they should try to resolve.

Since 2013, the official YouTube channel has been uploading small snippet clips from many of the episodes, largely the UK, US and Australian broadcasts: however, these snippets, in some cases, were just whole episodes broken into smaller notable highlights of an episode. As of 2019, this has been extended to entire episodes, starting with the UK version and then moving to the Australian version. These episodes, in some cases, are not complete re-uploads of the broadcast: for example, the rundown of the teens at the beginning has been cut in some cases, depending on the teens who were broadcast in the episode. In addition, some censorship has been done, notably with family names. The censorship has taken the form of either blurring of the surname (if included) or names being bleeped in the audio tracks. Alongside these edits, the ending credits sequence is not included.

United Kingdom - Original versionEdit

Unruly British teenagers are sent to live with strict families in an experiment to try to change their behaviour. Generally they spend 10 days, later 7 days, with their host parents trying to live by the latter's rules.

All series episodes were broadcast on a weekly basis.

Series 1 (2008)Edit

Episode First Aired Teenagers Family Notes BBC Episode Guide
1 18 September Naomi Fisher (16) and Ross Torrie (16) Mark and Lynn Garnett (A pharmaceutical company worker and part-time teacher) in Alabama, USA In the first episode, the teenagers, Ross and Naomi, are both the same age. At the charity work, Naomi and Ross get in trouble, Ross for shouting and using profanity and Naomi for asking a homeless man for a cigarette. At a bowling alley, Ross and Naomi sneak to a bar and ask a stranger for a cigarette. When Hunter Garnett catches them and when they get home, Mark Garnett loses his temper and punishes the teens by sending them straight to bed early. (Note: 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). This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S01E01
2 25 September Charlotte Hart (16) and Sam Northage (17) Dave and Sharon Rose (A government driver and householder) in Jamaica Sam gets sent to bed early after a confrontation with Sharon Rose about church, Charlotte leaves school early on the first day for writing an inappropriate essay and arguing with a teacher about writing the essay, and gets sent to the principal's office. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S01E02
3 2 October Lizzie Pol and Stephan Alvarez Richard and Vida Adega (a part-time pastor and businesswoman) in Ghana Lizzie gets into trouble in school for falling behind, whilst at the beach she reveals too much skin for Vida's liking. Later that day on the beach, Vida and Lizzie get into a huge feud when Vida sees Lizzie and Stephan doing romantic things together and getting close. Meanwhile, Stephan proves a productive member of the household. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S01E03
4 9 October Josh Breslin and Charlotte Abrahams Sanjeev and Meena Sharma (a high court lawyer and a householder) in India During school, Josh and Charlotte sneak out to McDonald's, get caught by the principal, and receive a grey punishment card. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S01E04
5 16 October Lucy Dodds and Grant Stevens Hannes and Alma Moolman (a farmer and a householder) in South Africa Lucy is expelled from school for not complying with the dress code and for smoking on school grounds with her uniform on in front of the people passing by. After realizing how disrespectful Grant is and how he has had no father around for the majority of his childhood, Hannes contacts Grant's mother, Karen. Hannes finds out that Grant is rude to everyone in his family and he has it too strong for too long. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S01E05
6 23 October N/A N/A Changed My Life Catch up with the 10 teenagers featured in the series, looking back over their experiences to see if strict parenting has changed their relationship with their own parents. This episode aired in Australia on Saturday, 7 December 2013 BBC Episode Guide – S01E06

Series 2 (2009)Edit

Series two premiered on BBC Three on 15 October 2009 and ran to 17 December.

Episode First Aired Teenagers Family Notes BBC Episode Guide
1 15 October Bex Keene and Chezden Dundee David and Wanda Kimbrough (a pastor and school administrator) in Atlanta, USA The Kimbroughs are a Christian African American family. Bex and Chezden get a scolding from Wanda after ditching Sunday School. Bex also gets in trouble at school for walking out of class, talking back to the principal and using Facebook. Chezden spends a couple hours out of the house for having an angry outburst over David being considered his father. The song that's featured in this episode is "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S02E01
2 22 October Peter Wrigley and Jocelyn Harris Unni and Madhu Unnikrishnan (a factory CEO and a householder) in India 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. Peter is very unhappy after being forced to leave the parlour with a half-finished tattoo which was, ironically, to say "Wisdom" in Hindi. BBC Episode Guide – S02E02
3 29 October Hannah Moorehead and Leigh Sturge Michael and Marianyana (career army and a nurse) Selelo in Botswana

This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead.

BBC Episode Guide – S02E03
4 5 November Hannah Thorpe and James Gowing Spencer and Nicholeen Peck (a plumber and home-school teacher) in Utah, USA 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 was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead. BBC Episode Guide – S02E04
5 12 November Gemma Lyons and Jack Travers David and Tzippi Schechet (an attorney and a writer) in Israel Gemma and Jack are introduced to the Schechet (pronounced "Shekay") family, an Orthodox Jewish family from Los Angeles, who relocated 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, 'reverts to her couldn't-care-less attitude', and is caught sunbathing in a bikini on the front lawn of the Schechet's home by Tzippi, disobeying the community dress code, 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. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead.[1] BBC Episode Guide – S02E05
6 19 November Debbie McQueen and Daniel Drinkwater Abdulsalam and Iman Hajjar (police officer and nurse) in Lebanon For a week they must live under the strict rules of the Hajjars, a liberal Sunni Islamic family. BBC Episode Guide – S02E06
7 3 December Calvin Kirlew and Rosie Harley Earl and Rosie Perez (lumberyard manager and school administrator) in Belize Earl and Rosie apparently whip their children when badly behaved. BBC Episode Guide – S02E07
8 10 December Kaya Elliot and Jay Birch Stacey and Shannon White (police officers) in Oklahoma, US Kaya (a Beauty Queen) was picked by the police for running away from the Whites. After being rushed to hospital, it was revealed that she faked an illness, then refuses to stay after her scheme is uncovered. Meanwhile, Jay struggles with motivational issues ever since the death of his four-year-old niece, Molly, which are gradually resolved over the week with Stacey's help. This episode was also aired as an Australian episode and narrated by Axle Whitehead.

NOTE- Kaya Elliot becomes the first teen to fail the "program" and go home before the week was over. Her parents were left questioning how her life will end up if she continues this path.

BBC Episode Guide – S02E08
9 17 December N/A N/A 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. BBC Episode Guide – S02E09

Series 3 (2010)Edit

Series three premiered on BBC Three 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 BBC Three and was repeated at various times over the following week. It was also moved to a Monday.

Episode First Aired Teenagers Family Notes BBC Episode Guide
1 10 October Wesley McGillian and Tamsin Carruthers-Cole Joe Leveille and Scott Loper in New Jersey The first time one of the training parents (Scott), 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). BBC Episode Guide – S03E01
2 18 October Nicole Benham and Nathan Ballance Kenrick and Andrea Harris (an IT Consultant and primary school teacher) in Barbados Nathan spends two nights out of the Harris home: the first night in a motel for not handing over his cigarettes, and the second night for not apologizing for leaving school. Both teens ran off on the school grounds and had Kenrick driving all over Barbados looking for them. In this episode, after a verbal confrontation between Andrea and Nicole, Andrea loses her temper and shouts at Nicole, who runs out into the street but returns after a couple of hours. As mentioned before, when Andrea interrogates Nathan's smoking habit, she angrily responds, "You are not in the UK, you are in Barbados" while clapping her hands. The phrase became an internet meme among fans of the show. BBC Episode Guide – S03E02
3 25 October Nicki Stygall and Jerri MacVeigh Brindley and Mandy De Zylva (a finance company owner and advetiser) in Sri Lanka For the first time ever on the show, the teenagers were both girls, instead of having one girl and one boy. The reasons for this are unknown. BBC Episode Guide – S03E03
4 1 November Eden Lelliott-Moore and Anastasia Jones Linzey and Jeanie Armstrong (professional modelers) in Florida The Armstrongs are an interracial family. Both one of the parents (Linzey) and one of the teens (Eden) are biracial. During the show, Eden and Anastasia get in trouble at the thrift shop for refusing to complete their tasks, for which Linzey had to come pick them up. BBC Episode Guide – S03E04
5 8 November Rosie Hynd and Nick Barrientos Ed and Marta Hill (lawyer and householder) in Puerto Rico The teens get expelled from school for cutting math class, and are banned from getting their education at their school ever again. After that, Rosie Has a 12-Hour Standoff With Ed Hill. Both teens apologized to Ed and they were allowed back in the next day BBC Episode Guide – S03E05
6 15 November Scott Collinson and Billie Spencer Dickson and Faith Mugaza (manager of the city's environmental health department and householder) in Kenya Billie spends one night on their grandmother's farm as The Mugazas' punishment for smoking as a minor and misbehaving in the community and arguing and embarrassing Faith over the school uniform policy. Scott is kicked out of school for refusing to shave his beard. BBC Episode Guide – S03E06
7 22 November Sevda Hussein and Andrew Harwood Randy and Rozanne Frazee (a pastor and householder) in San Antonio, Texas Sevda leaves the house for a couple of hours after throwing a tantrum about not being allowed a cigarette, whereas Andrew didn't cause much of a fuss. BBC Episode Guide – S03E07
8 29 November Forrest Talbot and Daniel Eyre Jan and Lisbeth van Berkel (a middle manager and community worker) in the Netherlands After Daniel evades the production crew in Amsterdam to smoke cannabis, he spends a night in a hotel. Both teens repeatedly broke the "trust rule" of their hosts. BBC Episode Guide – S03E08
9 6 December Nadia Traboulski and Aron Shave Nalini Nanjundayya (a businesswoman) in India Mrs Nanjundayy is a single mother following the death of her husband 15 years previous. She is assisted by uncles Pradeep and Mukesh. Aron and Nadia were kicked out of school on their first day for fighting and smoking. BBC Episode Guide – S03E09
10 13 December Dina Darweish and Alex Miles DeWayne and Vanessa Davis in Chicago Alex is kicked out of the Davis's house for a while after he smokes outside their house, but after a while, a guilt-ridden Alex apologizes to Dewayne and is allowed back in the house. This episode also aired in Australia on 1 March 2015. BBC Episode Guide – S03E10
11 20 December N/A N/A 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 learned 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. BBC Episode Guide – S03E11

Series 4 (2011)Edit

Series 4 premiered on 3 November 2011 and featured 12 teenagers. The series ran until 15 December.

Episode First Aired Teenagers Family Notes BBC Episode Guide
1 3 November Remzi Tomlin and Bryony Harris Gonzalo and Guadalupe Bustamante (an advertiser and householder) in Argentina Features for the first time ever, a teenager (Bryony) with a learning disability, A.D.H.D. and is mentally ill, which means she has anger management issues. Remzi and Bryony are kicked out from school on their first day, after Bryony asked Remzi for a cigarette, then used profanity in the classroom, threatened to punch the head teacher (Marissa) and pushed Marissa out of the way and Remzi for being lazy, lagging behind on his work, and giving Bryony a cigarette when Bryony asked him for one, after which both teens smoked on the school grounds. After Bryony's tantrum at school, Guadalupe calls Bryony's father. That's when it's revealed she had A.D.H.D.. It's also the first time the series began with an episode that takes place in Latin / South America, rather than in North America. BBC Episode Guide – S04E01
2 10 November Charlie Denny and Hamzah Wali Anna-Marie De Vos and Suzanne Du Toit (a barrister and artist) in South Africa The second time that the training parents have been the same-sex. BBC Episode Guide – S04E02
3 17 November Shola Bruce-Coker (17) and Joiee Birch (18) Ashwani and Rashmi Virk (an estate agent and homemaker) in India 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 and pushing and hitting Ashwani when he asks her to wear an Indian outfit for his deceased father's memorial service. She later apologizes and is allowed back in the flat. BBC Episode Guide- S04E03
4 24 November Jade Bare and Connor Jones Rob and Denise Smith Irwin in Seattle This is the first time one of the host parents are disabled (Denise) and the third time that one of the teenagers gives birth (Connor)

BBC Episode Guide- S04E04

5 1 December Georgie Weare and Callum Watson Benjamin and Shasha Li (a lawyer and housewife) in North Carolina Both coming from single parents, the teens come to live under the guidance of a wealthy Chinese American family. During the show, Callum manages to improve and gets on easily although he has trouble quitting his smoking habits until the Lis help him. Both Callum and Alex (eldest child) form a friendship. However, Georgie, Shasha, and Alex argue over Alex's opinion that Georgie did not do well at the charity work, then Georgie runs out of the house. Benjamin has to negotiate with Georgie in a two-hour standoff to come back in the house but returns and Shasha calls Georgie's mother. After the show, Georgie still refused to apologize to the Lis after her angry outburst during the show.

BBC Episode Guide- S04E05

6 8 December Hannah Button and Ritchie Reddey Ali and Canan Vural (both schoolteachers) in Turkey Before Ritchie was sent to Turkey, he had a stretched earlobe, a phallic tattoo on his leg, and a bad relationship with his dad, who left him when he was a kid. Ritchie moved in with his mum at the age of 11. Ritchie has been through a lot of detention and he's lacking school. Meanwhile, Mum is struggling with her 17-year-old wild girl Hanna.[2] BBC Episode Guide- S04E06
7 15 December N/A N/A UpdateThe programme catches up with the British teenagers from the series months after they lived with overseas families. It reveals the lessons they learned and the inside story of their journeys. BBC Episode Guide- S04E07

United StatesEdit

The World's Strictest Parents
GenreReality TV
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Running time1 Hour
Original networkCMT
Original release18 April 2009 –
29 October 2010
External links

Season 1 (2009)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 17-year-old Brittani from Santa Clarita, California and 15-year-old Ivan from Queens, New York Scott and Lisa Vinton in Murrieta, California[3]
2 16-year-old Reed from Mesa, Arizona and 16-year-old Jessica from Phoenix Charlie and Sharon Hatcher (farmers) in College Grove, Tennessee[3] Reed and Jessica were two of the 16-year-old exactly the same age from two different cities in Arizona.
3 18-year-old Ricky from Laguna Beach, California and 16-year-old Katie from Mesa, Arizona Steve and Angie McCuin in Portland, Tennessee[3] A year after the episode aired, Steve and Angie divorced and Steve remarried to a woman named Michelle.[4]
4 16-year-old Whitney from Redington Beach, Florida and 16-year-old Stephen from Clearwater, Florida Paul and Dana Helton in Medina, Tennessee[3] Whitney and Stephen are 16-year-olds exactly the same age from Florida.
5 16-year-old Julie from Tulsa and 16-year-old Sebastian from Jenks, Oklahoma David and Dana Cork in Statesboro, Georgia[3] The first U.S. episode with a Mormon family. Julie and Sebastian are two 16-year-olds exactly the same age from Oklahoma.
6 16-year-old Adelle from Richmond, Texas and 17-year-old Garrett from Orting, Washington Daniel and Andrea Morrison (owners of a teen club) in McDonough, Georgia[3]
7 18-year-old Desiree from Glendale, Arizona and 15-year-old Brian from Grand Rapids, Michigan Adam and Pamela Rutherford in Spanish Springs, Nevada[3] Brian left during the show, while Desiree stayed. Brian died in 2014 from a drug poisoning.[5] In addition, one of the Rutherford children, Dylan, died due to medical complications from a suicide attempt.[6]
8 15-year-old Arielle from Los Angeles, California and 18-year-old Tyler from Des Moines, Iowa Terry and Roxanne Forsyth in Combs, Arkansas[3]
9 17-year-old Aja from Pasadena, California and 17-year-old Alex from Alhambra, California Cliff and Lisa Bolton (coaches) in Bakersfield, California[3] Aja and Alex are two 17-year-olds exactly the same age from California.
10 17-year-old Jennifer from Brooksville, Florida and 18-year-old Chad from El Cajon, California Gary and Theresa Bilben (restaurant owners) in Walker, Minnesota[3]
11 16 year-old Sadie from Westport, Massachusetts and 18-year old Nick from Baltimore, Maryland Sam and Amy Wright in Murfreesboro, Tennessee[3]
12 17-year-old Audrey from Verona, New Jersey and 16-year-old Brent from Bloomington, Indiana Mark and Tammy Manning in Long Creek, Oregon[3]
13 15-year-old Jackie from Lansdale, Pennsylvania and 17-year-old Spencer from Kansas City Scott and Penny Knight (juvenile probation officers) in Morristown, Tennessee[3]
14 Mackenzie from Omaha, Nebraska and 15-year-old Ian from Omaha, Nebraska Blake and Angie Bouldin (a pastor and householder) in Indian Trail, North Carolina[3] Both teens are from Omaha.
15 16-year-old Cristiana from El Segundo, California and 17-year-old Ronnie from Cumming, Georgia Jim and Janee Gentrup in Gilbert, Arizona[3]
16 17-year-old Karli from Glendale, Arizona and 18-year-old Zach from Louisville, Kentucky Sean and Irene McCormick (a police officer and personal trainer) in Huxley, Iowa[3]
17 16-year-old Ariel from Peachtree City, Georgia and 16-year-old Mark from O'Fallon, Missouri Russ and Kim Call in Moab, Utah[3] Both teens were the same age.
18 16-year-old Sierra from St. Paul Park, Minnesota and 18-year-old Anthony from White House, Tennessee Jim and Sherene Smidt in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho[3]
19 15-year-old Lilly from San Diego, California and 17-year-old Matt from Tustin, California Dick and Denise Ballard in Ross, Ohio[3]
20 16-year-old Samantha from Mukilteo, Washington and 17-year-old Nick from Levittown, Pennsylvania Mike and Karen Combes in Cincinnati, Ohio[3]
21 16-year-old Shauna from Moreno Valley, California and 17-year-old Megan from Louisville, Kentucky Mike and Pam Brown in Richmond, Virginia[3] The first U.S. episode with two girls.
22 16-year-old Victoria (Vicki) from Orlando, Florida and 18-year-old Caleb from DeSoto, Missouri Ken and Sue Cooper in Ellicott City, Maryland[3]
23 16-year-old Mary from Hudson, Florida and 17-year-old Wyatt from Riverside, California Tom and Shonnie Carroll in Bumpass, Virginia[3]
24 15-year-old Danielle from Orlando and 17-year-old Chris from Westminster, California Larry and Christy Sheffield in Spurger, Texas[3]
25 17-year-old Antonia from Runnemede, New Jersey and 16-year-old Myles from Weston, Florida Jeff and Yvonne Robinson in McDonough, Georgia[3]
26 15-year-old Stephanie from Lancaster, California and 16-year-old Matt from Rochelle Park, New Jersey Jack and Patty Wilcox (educators) in Jacksonville, Florida[3]
27 17-year-old Angela from Phoenix and 17-year-old Jay from South Pasadena, California Tommy and Toni Toscano (restaurant owners) in Orlando, Florida[3] Angela and Jay are the same age.
28 17-year-old Megan from Phoenix and 16-year-old Paul from Encinitas, California Mike and Cynthia Souza in Tracy, California[3]

Season 2 (2010)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 17-year-old Kelsey from Hometown, Illinois and 15-year-old Zack from Wilmette, Illinois Scott and June Allen (farmers) in Cartersville, Georgia[7] Both teens were from two different cities in Illinois.
2 15-year-old Taylor from Casselberry, Florida and 16-year-old Gina from Newnan, Georgia Terry and Pam Malone (a former police officer and teacher) in Chardon, Ohio[7]
3 16-year-old Chloie from Huntington Beach, California and 16-year-old Kody from Monroe, Washington Mark and Laura Smith in Findlay, Ohio[7] Both teens are the same age.
4 17-year-old Ashley from Lake City, Florida and 16-year-old James from Lakewood, California Dino and Debbie Pavoni (restaurant owners) in Crestwood, Illinois[7] The Pavoni Family appeared in the reality TV show, “The Profit” for Simply Slices. Dino and Debbie were seen being resistant to change.
5 16-year-old Sarah from Anaheim and 16-year-old Peyton from Gallatin, Tennessee Jeff and Maria Bledsoe in Blair, Nebraska[7] Both teens are the same age.
6 16-year-old Sierrah from York, Pennsylvania and 17-year-old Gavin from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chuck and Tracie Moyer in Camby, Indiana[7] Both teens were from two different cities in Pennsylvania.
7 17-year-old Christine from Quincy, Massachusetts and 17-year-old Jesse from Pittsburgh Eddie and Susan Tilley in North Charleston, South Carolina[7] Both teens are the same age.
8 16-year-old Jacob from Glendale, Arizona and 17-year-old Tyler from Anaheim Pat and Holly Hughes in Christmas, Florida[7]
9 17-year-old Sebastian from Chatsworth, California and 16-year-old Bekki from Castaic, California Ken and Mary-Jo Illig in White Bluff, Tennessee[7]
10 17-year-old Amber from Lakewood, California and 16-year-old Steph from Encinitas, California Rick and Rose-Mary Fisher in Nashville[7] Series finale. The second U.S. episode with two girls. Both teens were from two different cities in California.

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 World's Strictest Parents
GenreReality TV
StarringAxle Whitehead
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24
Running time1 hour
Original networkSeven Network
Original release22 July 2009 –
14 August 2012
External links

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.

Season 3 premiered on 10 August 2011, however the series was continually interrupted due to the airing of the third season of The X Factor Australia.[8][9]

The remainder of season three was aired in the middle of 2012.[10]

The show did not return for a fourth season in 2013, due to poor ratings. Repeats of old episodes are currently being aired on Sunday afternoons.

Season 1 (2009)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Jess Hilder and Kyle Sandilands Jonathan and Cathleen Gibson in Indiana[11] Debut episode. Reaired 21 April 2013
2 Baylie Phillips and Jono Denny Thembile and Portia Bethe in South Africa[11] Jono got caught by a parent for smoking during the school grounds, while Baylie got herself into detention for leaving the classroom early to go to the canteen. After the show, Jono was arrested for heavy drinking and one of the family members, Thembile, was murdered in a politically motivated shooting in 2009.[12] Reaired 28 April 2013. Portia had flown to Sydney to visit and catch up with Jono and Lyndall (Jono's mum)
3 Emily Cunningham and Harry Clark John and Mary Coleman (a building company owner and special needs teacher) in Whitechurch, Ireland[11] On the first day of school, Emily was forced to remove piercings from her face before going which she reluctantly agreed to do so. Harry misbehaved on his first day and had trouble fitting in, in which the parents confiscated his phone and runners. The next day Emily had mentioned nothing about the piercings and was up early to go horse riding with Evelyn. After Harry truanted school, Mary put him in his room for the entire night, then Emily got caught by Mary for hiding alcohol under her mattress. However, as the week progressed, Emily's bond with Evelyn grew fast, one of the five Coleman daughters, and started to help out more with the Coleman's horses. Reaired 2 June 2013. Evelyn had flown to Sydney to visit and catch up with Emily and Leanne (Emily's Mum).
4 Naomi Fisher and Ross Torrie Mark and Lynn Garnett (a pharmaceutical company worker and part-time teacher) in Alabama[11] 1st British episode with narration from Axle Whitehead
5 Zaine Edwards and Memphis Fitzgerald Meng and Ean Chua (a banker and parenting coach) in Singapore[11] Zaine and Memphis truanted school and went joywalking around Orchard Road, then the teens got grounded. Memphis got caught by Ms Chua for going into her room and taking her house keys attempting to go back to Orchard Road.
6 Lucy Dodds and Grant Stevens Hannes and Alma Moolman in South Africa[11] 5th British episode with narration from Axle Whitehead
7 Charlotte Hart and Sam Northaide Dave and Sharon Rose (a government driver and homemaker) in Jamaica[11] 2nd British episode with narration from Axle Whitehead
8 Stacey and Micah Brad and Nise Davies in Tennessee[11]
9 Lizzie Pol and Stefan Alvarez Richard and Vida Adega (a part-time pastor and businesswoman) in Ghana[11] 3rd British episode with narration from Axle Whitehead
10 Josh Breslin and Charlotte Abrahams Sanjeev and Meena Sharma in India[11] 4th British episode with narration from Axle Whitehead

Season 2 (2010)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Bex Keene, 17 and Chezdan Dundee, 16 David and Wanda Kimbrough (a preacher and school administrator) in Atlanta, USA[11] This episode was the 7th British episode aired as an Australian episode with narration from Axle Whitehead The Kimbroughs are a Christian African American family. Bex and Chezden get a scolding from Wanda after ditching Sunday School. Chezden spends a couple hours out of the house for having an angry outburst over David being considered his father. The song that's featured in this episode is "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse. BBC Episode Guide – S02E01
2 Chloe, 16, Brisbane and Christian, 17, Melbourne Zack and Patty Wirth (ranchers) in Wolf Creek, Montana Reaired 1 September 2013. Chloe and Christian headed for the main road but Zack stopped them with a horse and they were separated at night until the teens headed home after both teens drank alcohol in the middle of the night.
3 Adriana, 16, Perth and Nathan, 17, Melbourne Mark and Grace Ironside in Queensland[11] First episode with the family inside Australia. Reaired 10 June 2013. Adriana and Nathan got caught by Grace for spending time in each other's room with the door closed, then Nathan missed out on his lunch after he refused to do his punishment, then he got in trouble for stealing the family car and Mark called the police but dropped the charges against Nathan afterwards.
4 Thea Hewitt, 16, Nowra, New South Wales and Corie Wojciak, 16, Adelaide Laval and Jennifer Simons (a special forces soldier and former army nurse) in Port Lavaca, Texas 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. Reaired 8 September 2013 and 6 October 2013
5 Hannah Bentley, 16, Bendigo, Victoria and Dillan Olliver, 16, Adelaide Andrew and Charnell De Kock (a medical supply business owner and teen counselor) in South Africa Hannah and Dillan got kicked out of school for smoking and ditching class then Andrew De Kock gave them an ultimatum on either going back to private school or going to a school in the slums of Johannesburg. Reaired 22 September 2013
6 Aza, 17, Sydney and Troy Davenport, 17, Brisbane Nathan and Cassandra McDonald (a pastor and music teacher) in Zanesville, Ohio Reaired 24 March 2013. Cassandra died on 16 November 2017.[13]

Season 3 (2011-12)Edit

Episode Air date Teenagers Family Notes
1 Tuesday 17 July 2012 Euni and Sam Omar and Kumarie Bachew in Lavantille, Trinidad[11] Both teens are from Brisbane.
2 Wednesday 10 August 2011 Breianna and Chris Nicholas and Mpume Myeza in Isipingo, South Africa at the Isipingo community church, one of the cameramen are shown on the far left when Brei shouted at Nicholas. Mpume consficated Brei's make up and earlier in the episode, grounded Brei because of her behaviour, then Brei was forced to come back to school by Mrs Cogan which she agreed to do so. Reaired 8 March 2015 and 15 March 2015
3 Wednesday 17 August 2011 Brooke Manalo and Mark Phillips Peter and Annika Wallenskog (a part-time homeguard captain and economic analyst) in Sweden[11] First episode where one of the teens (Mark) had only one kidney. Both teens smoked at school and Mark got punished by losing his room and Annika confiscated Brooke's makeup and Brooke threatened Annika that she would take something of hers. Reaired 22 March 2015
4 Wednesday 24 August 2011 Liam Stocking and Rylee Carr Simon and Yvonne Godfrey in Albany, New Zealand Liam was kicked out of the house for going out twice and threatening Yvonne. He was allowed back in the next day. Reaired November or December 2015 on 7TWO.
5 Wednesday 21 September 2011 Celeste Butler and Kai Anderson Mark and Becky Lytle (an equine specialist and homemaker) in Marion, North Carolina Both teens vandalized a cabin for a disabled member of the Lytle family, spray painted a disabled sick sheep, threw bouncy balls at Becky Lytle, destroyed the letterbox and the police were called. Then Mark gave Kai a choice to fix the damages with his own money which he refused and Mark brought him to a group of prisoners doing Community Service to teach him a lesson. Reaired 5 April 2015.
6 Tuesday 7 August 2012 Madeleine and Lewis Nishith and Sangeeta Saxena in India Reaired 27 December 2015 on 7TWO
7 Tuesday 14 August 2012 George and Henry Kenneth and Sylvia Woods in Mount Vernon, New York First episode where both teens were boys and were also brothers. Henry got into trouble for sneaking out the house to go to Time Square which he was grounded because of his late night adventure. However, the Woods family enjoyed the food when both teens made lunch. Reaired 27 December 2015 on 7TWO
8 Tuesday 24 July 2012 Eva and Gabriel Laklak Buck and LeaNan Burney in Florida


The first episode attracted an audience of 1.54 million, and was the second most watched show of the night.[citation needed]

Episode No. Airdate Ratings (in millions) Nightly Rank Weekly Rank
1 22 July 2009 1.541 2nd 8th
2 29 July 2009 1.595 2nd 5th
3 5 August 2009 1.499 3rd 8th
4 12 August 2009 1.453 2nd 8th
5 19 August 2009 1.521 1st 6th
6 26 August 2009 1.302 5th 13th
7 2 September 2009 1.307 5th 15th
8 9 September 2009 1.395 3rd 6th
9 16 September 2009 1.407 2nd TBA


The World's Strictest Parents
GenreReality TV
Country of originTurkey
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Running time1 Hour
Original networkOne
Original release1 October 2010 –
11 March 2011
External links

Season 1 (2010)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Air date Notes
1 Jessie and Timmy Jasons family in Philippines 1 October 2010
2 Erika and Vern Ruttern family in Kentucky 8 October 2010 Vern was sent home for drugs.
3 Waneta and Dante Mellen family in Queensland 15 October 2010
4 Arie and Timmy Flom family in France 22 October 2010 Timmy spent one night in a police station.
5 Rosita and Efrain Barrs family in Tokyo 29 October 2010
6 Mary and Greg Mathers family in California 5 November 2010 Greg and Mary got in a fight and Greg was sent home for causing the fight.
7 Lorri and Quentin Mast family in Italy 12 November 2010
8 Ilda and Lyman Gribbie family in Oregon 19 November 2010
9 Hilaria and Donald Texato family in Mexico 26 November 2010
10 Rosella and Waylon Jennison family in Canada 3 December 2010 Waylon was arrested for fighting and spent one night at the police station.

Season 2 (2011)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Air date Notes
1 Hilaria and Moises Halliwell family in North Carolina 7 January 2011
2 Shira and Clayton Simser family in Russia 14 January 2011 Clayton was sent home after running away.
3 Toya and Erlene Prechitt family in Maryland 21 January 2011 The first episode to feature two teenagers who are trans.
4 Carmela and Hugo Eastham family in the United Kingdom 28 January 2011 First episode to be within the UK
5 Misti and Merle Dorgan family in Texas 4 February 2011
6 Jerri and Buck Coulson family in New South Wales 11 February 2011
7 Justina and Genardo Outland family in New Zealand 18 February 2011
8 Lila and Blaine Leaman family in New York 25 February 2011
9 Cortney and Letitia Banas family in South Africa 4 March 2011 Second episode to feature two teenagers of the same sex
10 Hellen and Jeese Tadeos family in Washington D.C. 11 March 2011 Series finale.

New ZealandEdit

The World's Strictest Parents
GenreReality TV
Country of originNew Zealand
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Running time1 Hour
Original networkTVNZ
Original release1 March –
5 April 2012
External links

A New Zealand adaptation of The World's Strictest Parents aired in 2012 on TV One. Only one series was made.

Season 1 (2012)Edit

Episode Teenagers Location
1 Arden and Jasper Bangalore, India
2 Adam and Brittany Zanesville, Ohio


Episode No. Airdate Viewers Time-shifted Ratings Time-shifted Rank
1 1 March 2012 332,740 6,400 16th
2 8 March 2012 277,000 N/A N/A
3 15 March 2012 277,930 15,090 8th
4 22 March 2012 344,820 12,290 9th
5 29 March 2012 341,850 9,590 10th
6 5 April 2012 285,800 17,710 6th


In Denmark the show is called "Verdens strengeste forældre" and it is broadcast by TV3.

Season 1 (2011)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Morten and Anastasia John and Mary Coleman (a building company owner and special needs teacher) in Ireland[14]
2 Frederik and Karen Joel and Kim Pattison in Louisiana[14]
3 Morten and Sasha Ole-Jørgen and Ann Hammeken in Greenland[14]
4 Trine and Kodjo Michael and Mette Grønbech in Denmark[14]
5 Michelle and Malou Jørgen and Margit in Denmark[14] First time with female participants only
6 Henriette and Kim Henrik and Annette Sørensen in Denmark[14]

Season 2 (2012)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Jonas and Ditte Datnow family in South Africa[14]
2 Dennis and Line Dieckmann on the Danish island of Taasinge[14]
3 Robin and Natascha Elgaard Thorsager family in Denmark[14]
4 Frederik and Amalie Randy and Phebe Gray in Tennessee[14]
5 Michelle and Lennard Morten and Ida Kristensen in Denmark[14]
6 Simone and Sarah ? Family in the United Kingdom[14] Second time with female participants only


In Germany the show is called "Die strengsten Eltern der Welt". It is broadcast by Kabel Eins.

Series 1 (2009)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Sarah and Thomas Waldner Family in Canada[15]
2 Fabian and Julia Uwe and Anke Nicolaus family in Namibia[15]
3 Kay and Nicole Roland and Bernadette Brunner in Switzerland[15]
4 Michael and Jennifer Dario and Carmen Urbanski in South Africa[15]
5 Anna and Pisei
Stephen and Agnes
Toby and Jody Dahl in Montana
Thomas and Jamila Friedrich in Morocco[15]
6 Caroline and Vivien Isaac and Grace Akorli in Ghana[15]
7 Jaqueline and Mandy Franz and Marie Krämer family in Patagonia[15]
8 Dustin and Jeffrey Olger and Tania Tejada in Peru[15]
9 Anna and Michael Dario and Carmen Urbanski in South Africa[15]
10 Recap of all families
11 Lilli and Stanislav Fedja and Ludmilla Fedorenko in Siberia[15]
12 Yvonne and Michel Ianis and Ioanna Liebich in Greece[15]
13 Louis and Sarah Roland and Edith Krämer in Germany[15]
14 Justin and Nadine Reimhard and Michelle Stemmann in Teneriffa[15]

Series 2 (2010)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Jenny and Dennis Jotty Auala and Calista Tjazerua family in Namibia[15]
2 Michaela and Tino Dumitru and Lucretia Carloanta in Romania[15]
3 Dominic and Alicia Vasyl and Vasylina Maksymyuk in Ukraine[15]
4 Robin and Vivien Uli and Jean Lengenberg in Seattle[15]
5 Vivien and Marcel John Blackwell and Christina Spence in New Zealand[15]
6 Michele and Daria Bishow and Indira Pokarel in Nepal[15]
7 Aylin and Markus Ole Sairua, Nasali and Noretit in Kenya[15]
8 Soner and Laura Philip and Mira Ross in Finland[15]
9 Shiva and Nico Michael and Sabine Wesseln in Spain[15]
10 Anna and Laura Dahl family in Montana[15]

Series 3 (2011)Edit

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Jessika and Basti Bernard and Adele Dieme in Senegal[15]
2 Laura and Marlon Shanker-Lal and Poonam Bishnoi in India[15]
3 Antonia and Max Elias and Andrea Machaca in Peru[15]
4 Dominik and Kalica Mehmet and Kezban Erdal in Turkey[15]
5 Michele and Daria Bishow and Indira Pokarel in Nepal[15]
6 Samer and Dana Laklak and Dhwarwar Marika in Australia[15]
7 Sascha and Janine Mikhail and Marina Miguras in Siberia[15]
8 Dennis and Michelle Haru and Shitaye Muluneh in Ethiopia[15]
9 Dennis and Janet Chucka and Tserendolgor Bozjigon in Mongolia[15]
10 Maurice and Angelina Aderno, Jandaia, Nitinaua and Nayara Pataxó in Brazil[15]
11 Danny and Jasmin Julius and Kristin Lundberg in Iceland[15]
12 Marta and Fabian Laurant and Maari Botrasoa in Madagascar[15]
13 Timmy and Anne Emerson and Andrea Lopes in Cape Verde[15]

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.


Series 1 (2012)Edit

In Poland the show is called "Surowi Rodzice" (strict parents). It is broadcast by TVN.


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  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Folgen, Kabel Eins (In German)

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