The Young Family is the fourteenth episode of Season 2 of the American Supernanny show.

Episode Summary

Jo meets the Young family in Sarasota, Florida, where parents Sherman (38) and Joelle Young (37) work opposite job shifts with Dad watching the kids during the day and then dropping them off with Joelle before leaving for work for the evening.

Five-year-old Shermie is very angry, disrespectful, and aggressive towards his mother, 13 year-old-brother Dylan, and 3 year old sister, Shelby. He also refuses to stay out of his big brother Dylan's room. He has the biggest tendency to climb on walls and shelves.

Meanwhile three year old (almost four), only girl, and the youngest child, Shelby is stubborn, dramatic and cries a lot. Worryingly for Sherman and especially Joelle, Shelby is starting to pick up some of Shermie's aggressive behavior and wall climbing. When Shelby gets bored after a while when the family is playing a board game she'll throw it away.

Thirteen-year-old big brother Dylan feels like he's forced to spend time with his younger siblings and wants his time alone & also with his parents. He just locks his bedroom door so that his siblings especially Sherrie Jr. can't get in his bedroom.

Sherman is completely clueless when it comes to playing with his kids while Joelle yells at the kids which only makes them ignore and disrespect her more. Can Jo help the Young family out?

Family members

  • Sherman Young, 38
  • Joelle Young, 37
  • Dylan, 13
  • Shermie, 5
  • Shelby, 4

Reddit Questionnaire

Dylan answered several questions on Reddit.[1] The main post was created on January 20, 2013.[2] He stated that the reason Joelle and Sherman went on Supernanny was the loss of control over the household, his parents not knowing what to do and the need for outside help. When Joelle wrote to the production company asking for help, the company provided her with a filming crew and asked her to film how things normally went in the house. Joelle sent the footage back to the company and some time after, a preliminary film crew had arrived to put masking tape over parts of the house.[3][4][5][6] Filming had lasted about two weeks.[7][8] Jo slept at the Ritz Carlton Hotel during her time with his family.[9] Dylan wasn't too keen with the Naughty Corner, but he felt timeouts and leaving his siblings alone were better than aggression and yelling.[10] He stated his last name wasn't "Young" for legal reasons.[11] Dylan was not paid, but Joelle and Sherman were. He did not know how much.[12][13] Dylan felt that his family could have gotten help from somewhere other than National Television.[14] Dylan stated that Sherman was bipolar.[15][16] At the time of the questionnaire, Dylan said he had his own place.[17]



  1. "It seemed longer. Were you a PA in the second season?"
  2. "IAmA kid that was on Supernanny about seven years ago. AMA!: It was seven years ago since it happened and i still get calls from relatives about seeing re-runs of the episode from time to time. I was 13 at the time still in middle school."
  3. "Well my mom just wrote to them asking for help and telling them about how bad things were. they wrote back and asked for my mom to film how things were normally done in the house. they sent a camera and everything just for us. we sent that back and next thing we know theres a preliminary film crew to come and "greek" the house for television. and to be honest i have no clue how much they got paid for being on tv, i didnt get any of it so i sure as hell wasnt paid for my services! and i think the filming went on for about a month. if i remember correctly."
  4. "Greeking is a term used in the industry meaning that they had to go around the house and take masking tape over any and all brand name logos."
  5. "yep even that. they covered my middle school logo on my shirt with tape"
  6. "nah i was just sure not to wear big brand logos haha"
  7. "About two weeks. it felt longer which is why i said a month."
  8. "uhmm two weeks i guess. i thought it was longer but then again im crazy and it has been 7 years."
  9. "Jo was super nice, even in the face of crazy kids she never lost her shit. She slept on lido beach at the ritz carlton hotel, that place is fucking nice. We were exactly the same on camera as we are off. some things were scripted or set up so they could be fixed, like situations my parents were put in. i think we were paid like 5000 or something not entirely sure. and i never had a bad experience through the whole thing! i enjoyed it."
  10. "Basically the loss of control over the household, my parents didnt know what to do so they felt the need for outside help. so for some reason they resorted to national television. some did help, things like the naughty corner were complete fucking bullshit. but timeouts and leaving them alone were better than aggression and yelling."
  11. "Haha there should be some links in the thread here with the video. But it should be under young. i have a different last name for legal reasons but it should be young family season 2 episode 14 i believe."
  12. "I think my parents got a check for being on the show, i never saw a dime of it though."
  13. "She said she didnt fucking remember.......bullshit."
  14. "In a way yes, things were out of control. They would throw things at my parents and start to get physical so yes i do believe it did. but at the same time i think my parents could have done something different instead of going on national television."
  15. "I over exaggerated to saying they were parenting wrong. but i feel a large part had to do with the bipolar."
  16. "It was only diagnosed about a year ago. we had no idea when he was little."
  17. "nope. gots mah own place meow."

External links

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