A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the backyard transformations are central to the show, family is a major theme. So is working hard, and making environmentally friendly choices.
Positive Role Models
The hosts are fun, the kids are enthusiastic and work hard, and the parents are appreciative.
Host Sana Garner is Black, and participating families are Black, White, biracial, and half-Asian. One family ethnically identifies as Greek.
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Violence & Scariness
There's some demolition, but nothing violent.
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Religious exclamations like "Oh my G-d" are sometimes uttered by overwhelmed (and happy) parents.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for Ford, Chevy, and Goodyear are obvious visible, while Fiskars and other tools brands partially shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Backyard Blowout is a reality series featuring kids helping to remodel their family's backyard spaces as a surprise for their parents. It's positive and family friendly, and offers some creative ideas about how to transform outdoor spaces. There's nothing to be worried about here, but at the beginning of each episode either a classic Ford truck (complete with visible Goodyear logos on the tires) or a classic Chevy is prominently featured, and on occasion tool brands (like Fiskars) are partially visible on tools, but not prominently.
Is It Any Good?
From zen retreats to a space that sustains organic farming, the upbeat family-focused series shows kids working hard while enjoying the fact that they're doing something for their parents. The hosts and the kids are enthusiastic about their projects, many of which repurpose materials, and which are designed to support ecosystem function. Granted, only brief scenes of the design and build process fit into each 24-minute episode, but it still reveals some clever ways that a backyard can be reinvented into a functional family space. Best of all, Backyard Blowout might inspire other families to think more creatively about their outdoor spaces, too.
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