Dream Machines

Common Sense Media says

Lots of swearing and rough-housing in car-building show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series demonstrates how a ideas for a concept car go from design to finished product. It also underscores the idea that it is possible to use one's imagination to create something new and exciting.

Positive role models

The brothers have a close relationship  The team has fun, but pitches in and works hard to get the work done. The company is fined for safety violations; attempts are made to fix these problems.

Violence

Frequent arguments between the brothers sometimes lead to yelling and throwing things. Conventional cars are sometimes sledgehammered for parts. The shop is vandalized; blood is visible around the damaged machinery. The guys participate in simulated air dogfights and other fast-paced activities.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words like "damn," "ass," "crap," "bitch," and "piss" are audible; "f--k" "s--t" are bleeped (but sometimes still clearly understood).

Consumerism

Parker Brothers Concepts Company is promoted throughout the show. Logos for Apple computers and car-related companies like Asanti are visible. References are made to shows like Battlestar Galactica.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dream Machines, which features brothers who design and build concept cars, features lots of arguing and strong language ("bitch," "piss," "crap"; stronger word bleeped but understandable). Logos for Apple computers and tire companies like Asanti are visible, and Parker Brothers Concepts Company are frequently visible. High-end clients like 50 Cent are also featured.

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What's the story?

The reality series DREAM MACHINES features brothers Mark and Shanon Parker building concept vehicles for high-end clients. Inspired by science fiction, comic books, and various high-powered machines, the duo design crazy and outrageous cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles that most people can't even dream about. With the help of their fun and wild group of fabricators, welders, and mechanics, the two are able to go from a design idea to a finished product. Meanwhile, pleasing clients like 50 Cent, wrestler/actor John Cena, and and actor/film director Peter Berg, lead to some great business opportunities. But pushing the envelope when building these futuristic machines isn't easy, especially when the designs don't actually function in real life. But this team proves that with lots of imagination and hard work, they can dream big and build bigger.

Is it any good?

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The series demonstrates the process by which ideas for concept cars go from being a simple drawn design to an actual finished product. It also shows how difficult (and expensive) the construction of these vehicles can be, and the challenges that arise when the expectations of designers or clients exceed the machine's functional capabilities.

Folks who like unique machines, fast cars, and learning more about what goes into this kind of work will definitely find this show worth watching and entertaining. Some of the antics of the staff also create some fun moments. But thanks to some sibling rivalry and salty language, it's a little rough for young viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about concept cars. What exactly is a concept car? What are the specific steps that go into thinking about and designing a car on paper and/or on the computer, and then actually building one? Who actually buys and drives these cars? Do concept cars eventually go into mass production? Does this show inspire you to build something yourself?

  • Do you think this reality show is designed to educate people about the concept car making process? Or is it really a promotional vehicle for the kinds of concept cars that the Parker Brothers produce? What do the brothers stand to gain or lose by appearing on this show?

TV details

Cast:Marc Parker, Shanon Parker
Network:Syfy
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Cars and trucks
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byteralee May 17, 2012
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Animator's take on Dream Machines

There are some conflicts between the two brothers, one is more the 'dreamer' and the other is more the guy who actually has to build it and bear in mind the limits and functionality of real-world materials and vehicles. I'm an animator/designer and I find the whole process from concept to fabrication fascinating. Things get a little 'salty' as one commentator states, but anybody who has been in any sort of machine/automotive shop with a bunch of men knows that this is reality, guys joke and cuss. I have not heard anything offensive at all. What makes me laugh and watch to the last moment is the expectations of some of the customers - what they conceive of can very likely be built - but the time limits imposed are often quite short of what should be required to build and test. But you know, these guys manage it!

Now, if I can only find what the name is of that tablet-computer they use to map out the concepts!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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