Parents' Guide to

Addicted to Beauty

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Workplace reality series touts beauty as a glamorous drug.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2009
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If you can accept the fact that the "reality" you're seeing here probably isn't real, you might be halfway entertained by the sheer absurdity of people who can say things like, "Getting an injectible is something that's quite normal; it's like taking vitamins" or "I have protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act because I have ADD" with a straight face. After all, the show is hardly breaking new ground in terms of programming and actually takes the genre a few steps back with scripted dialogue that sounds and feels a bit unnatural ... much like the surgically altered mouths that crank it out. The producers are clearly pushing over-the-top receptionist Gary as the comic relief. But even he can't make this show a hit ... or can he?

If nothing else, Addicted to Beauty is a fascinating (and often frightening) study of the youth-obsessed culture we've created, a world in which beauty can be bought and sold to anyone who's willing to pay for it. But there's an added layer of curiosity in that those who sell these products seem to consume them as much as their customers. So who are the real addicts? You decide.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 4, 2009
  • Network: Oxygen
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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