MTV’s new reality show about teenagers getting real

By Ken Tucker
Updated July 15, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Here’s a reality show based on the Challenge Day program, in which different high schools devote a day to breaking down barriers between nerds and jocks, prejudice and pain. Through quick group-therapy exercises, emotions erupt and breakthroughs happen with surprising force. One can quibble and question—how many of the tears are for the MTV cameras? How long before the effects of the challenge wear off? —but as a regular message airing on MTV, it’s a helluva lot better than crap like Jersey Shore. B+