The world's strictest parents

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The world's strictest parents is a TV-show developed by TwentyTwenty Television original broadcasted by BBC.

The concept is that so-called unruly teenagers are sent to live with a host family for a week. During the week they receive an Impact letter from their birth parents with a list of issues they should try to fix.

Country oversight


Seven Network also created their own series of The World's Strictest Parents, hosted by singer and actor Axel Whitehead. It debuted in Australia on 22 July 2009. However, a sneak peek was shown on the 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 advertisments.

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Jess and Kyle Gibson Family in Indiana [1]
2 Baylie and Jono Bethe Family in South Africa [1] Jono was given a haircut without being asked of his religious belief and attended a Military school (Grey High School)
3 Emily and Harry Coleman Family in Ireland [1]
4 Memphis and Zaine Chua Family in Singapore [1]
5 Stacey and Micah Davies Family in Tennessee [1]

The Australian TV-station did also broadcast the original BBC season one.

The loss of his invidiual identity traumatized Jono so much that he was arrested after a night of heavy drinking trying to forget his ordeal [2]. Forcing a student to wear a school uniform is in violation with the 1998 ruling of the Australian Ombudsman Fred Albietz [3].


In Denmark the show is called "Verdens strengeste forældre" and it is broadcasted by TV3. The host families was located in both Denmark and abroad.

Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Morten and Anastasia Coleman Family in Ireland [4]
2 Frederik and Karen Pattisson Family in Louisiana [4]
3 Morten and Sasha Hammeken family in Greenland [4]
4 Trine and Kodjo Grønbech family in Denmark [4]
5 Michelle and Malou Margit and Joergen in Denmark [4]
6 Henriette and Kim Soerensen family in Denmark [4]


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

Episode Teenagers Family Notes Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Aylin and Markus Sairoua Family in Kenya [5] 6 Michaele und Tino ? family in Romania[5]
2 Soner and Laura ? family in Finland [5] 7 Dominic and Alica ? family in Ukraine[5]
3 Shiva and Nico ? family in Spain [5] 8 Vivian and Robin ? family in Washington [5]
4 Anna and Pisei
Agnes and Stephen
? family in Montana
? family in Morocco [5]
9 Marcel and Vivien Christina Spence and John Blackwell in New Zealand[5]
5 Dennis and Jenny Calista und Jotty in Namibia [5]

United Kingdom

BBC season one series
Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Naomi and Ross God-fearing Garnett family in Alabama [6]
2 Sam and Charlotte Roses in Jamaica[6]
3 Lizzie and Stefan Adega family in Ghana[6]
4 Josh and Charlotte Sharma family in India[6]
5 Grant and Lucy Moolman family in South Africa[6]

In the original series the teenagers were shipped to another country for a week. A second season was ordered [7]

BBC season two series
Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Bex and Chezden Kimbroughs, a Baptist preacher family in Atlanta, Georgia [8]
2 Peter and Jocelyn Unnikrishnan family in Pune, India [8] 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.
3 Hannah and Leigh Selelo family in Botswana [8]
4 Hannah and James Mormon Peck family in Utah [8]
5 Gemma and Jack Orthodox Jewish Sha-ked family in Israel [8] Gemma refused to abide by the rules and was asked to leave. The hostile youth culture in the country broke her and she returned later [9]. The episode was received with some criticism [10]
6 Debbie and Daniel Hajjars, Sunni Muslim family in Lebanon [8]
7 Rosie and Calvin Perez family in Belize [8]
8 Kaya and Jay The White family in Oklahoma [8] Kaya choosed to leave early as result of experiencing the youth hostile culture which left her in jail for some hours. She describes the experience as horrible [11]
BBC season 3 series
Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Wes and Tamsin Loperleveille family in New Jersey, United States [12]
2 Nicole and Nathan Harris family in Barbados [12]
3 Nicki and Jerri De Zylva family in Sri Lanka [12] This episode was with two girls instead of a boy and a girl
4 Anastasia and Eden Armstrong family in Florida, United States [12] This episode featured the Edgewood Children's Ranch‎
5 Rosie and Nick Hill family in Puerto Rico [12]
6 Scott and Billie Mugaza family in Kenya [12]

United States

Country Music Television - series
Episode Teenagers Family Notes Episode Teenagers Family Notes
1 Brittani and Ivan Vinton Family in Southern California[13] 9 Aja and Alex Bolton family[13]
2 Reed and Jessica Hatcher family in Tennessee[13] 10 Jennifer and Chad Bilben family[13]
3 Ricky and Katie McCuin family in Tennessee[13] 11 Sadie and Nick Wright family[13]
4 Whitney and Stephen Helton family in Tennessee[13] 12 Audrey and Brent Manning family[13]
5 Julie and Sebastian Cork family in South Georgia[13] 13 Jackie and Spencer Knight family[13]
6 Adele and Garrett Morrison family[13] 14 Mackenzie and Ian Bouldin family[13]
7 Desiree and Brian Rutherford family[13] Brian remained firm to his own
values and left during the show
15 Cristiana and Ronnie Gentrup family[13]
8 Arielle and Tyler Forsyth family in Arkansas[13] 16 Karli and Zach McCormick family[13]

Unlike the original series the teenagers remained in their own country and another difference were that their own parents came for them and evaluated the stay with the host family.

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  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 All episodes, Seven Network homepage
  2. Teen tamers need to get real, by Rachel Browne, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 4, 2009
  3. Those disgusting School Uniforms, Optionality Magazine, October 1998
  4. 4,0 4,1 4,2 4,3 4,4 4,5 Verdens strengeste forældre, On TV3 Dk8.gif
  5. 5,0 5,1 5,2 5,3 5,4 5,5 5,6 5,7 5,8 Folgen, Kabel Eins DeXmini.gif
  6. 6,0 6,1 6,2 6,3 6,4 Episodes list, BBC
  7. Religious discipline, by Mel Bezalel, The Jerusalem Post, May 18, 2009
  8. 8,0 8,1 8,2 8,3 8,4 8,5 8,6 8,7 Series 2, BBC3
  9. Meet the BBC's strictest mom - an Israeli, by Sharon Kanon, Israel21c, July 02, 2009
  10. World's Strictest Parents: Israel episode, By Miriam Shaviv, The JC, November 16, 2009
  11. Teens from World's Strictest Parents Last Names?, Yahoo answers
  12. 12,0 12,1 12,2 12,3 12,4 12,5 Series 3, BBC3
  13. 13,00 13,01 13,02 13,03 13,04 13,05 13,06 13,07 13,08 13,09 13,10 13,11 13,12 13,13 13,14 13,15 All episodes, CMT homepage