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Top Design

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Project Runway meets interior design.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2007
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As in so many other competitive reality shows, the contestants all live together for the duration of the show, so that not only are viewers privy to their design talents but also to their abilities to create and withstand conflict. Top Design can be thoroughly addicting. Watching the contestants compete in challenges (like designing a room for an unknown celebrity client) is captivating. Viewers watch as the players sketch their ideas, choose furnishings, assemble the pieces, and present their final products to the judges for critique, all within a set time limit. It's all interesting material that offers a peek into a creative and challenging world.

What makes the show less than ideal for younger viewers is the emphasis it places on personal conflict -- and the nastiness that emerges as the competition progresses. While contestants do build camaraderie and show examples of good teamwork, some make disparaging comments about each other, and lots of camera time is spent on personalities that just don't mesh. Older tweens and teens interested in interior design, decorating, and fashion will find a lot to like. But parents may want to preview shows to determine whether the focus on competition and interpersonal drama seems appropriate for their kids.

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