What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson in his new career as an interior designer -- is pretty mild, though there are a few bleeped curse words (uttered off screen) and an obvious focus on consumer goods used to redecorate houses. There are also a few references to alcohol. Kids aren't likely to find the show particularly compelling, but adults who like this sort of thing will probably enjoy it.
What's the story?
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON: TACKLING DESIGN follows the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver as he builds a new career as an interior designer. The former NFL star exchanges pigskin and helmet for fabric and hardwood as he works to bring fresh designs into clients' living spaces. Outspoken and opinionated, he designs the spaces himself and then works with assistants Sabina Vavra and Baiyina Hugley and interns Chelsea Hernandez and Edward Larsen to complete the job. Johnson then reveals the final product to his clients, hoping that they'll love it.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted series stands out from other design shows thanks to its use of football metaphors -- like “scouting” a space -- to define each step of the design process. Meanwhile, Johnson's occasional lack of finesse when it comes to sharing his opinions with his clients leads to some funny -- albeit awkward -- moments.
As with many designers on TV, there are times when Johnson tries to put his clients’ preferences to the side, especially when they differ with his own aesthetic. But he's clear about the importance of being polite and professional and ultimately satisfying his clients. And because he seems happy and confident in his new career, it's hard not to be happy for him.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what makes interior designers "TV worthy." Do you think Johnson got a show because he's a good designer, because he's a former NFL player, or both? Do you consider him a good role model?
Families can also discuss the challenges of succeeding in a new career after already being successful in an earlier one. How do expectations affect your own happiness and others'?