Parents' Guide to

Project Runway

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Check this one out before sharing with fashion-crazed teens.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 8+

Has become a , "Designers assassin's fest.".

Designers aren't as skillful as in much younger episodes, the judges will never give approval on finals, simply isn't any to give. Judges are inconsiderate in misleading runner up, only to finish up with. "Your out".
age 16+

Dildos and Nipples

As a parent, I think you should base your decision on when it’s appropriate for your child to watch designers use fabrics that include dildos and nipples on them. And in which they talk endlessly about dildos and nipples. I’ve been watching PR with my 10 year old for over a year and been okay with the bleeped out language and some more adult themes that could require a discussion, like homosexuality. But this was a little over the edge for me to watch with my elementary-age child. So, do with this info as you will.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Watching the designers create their pieces in incredibly short amounts of time with small budgets -- and usually in the midst of hysteria a-- is awe-inspiring. Unfortunately, Project Runway doesn't really linger on the design process (sketching, selecting fabric and materials, cutting, pinning, measuring, sewing, detailing). Instead, the cameras tend to focus on the drama between the contestants' over-achieving, arrogant personalities as the designers scramble to finish their challenges (and cut each other down). Then viewers watch as the competitors' unique designs are displayed on the super-thin bodies of aspiring models. Is this what we want teens to be thinking is real?

It's easy to get sucked into this admittedly addictive show. For kids serious about design, it offers a peek into the nasty side of the fashion industry -- what's behind the glitz and glitter and bling. But beware: This show is a very slippery slope and hard to turn off once you start.

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