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Plastic-surgery-gone-bad reality show not for squeamish.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Clients sometimes discuss their obsessions with looking perfect and how this has affected their lives. 

Positive role models

Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow do their best to repair their clients' bodies, but they're honest with their clients about what they can, cannot, and will not do (due to safety concerns).


Surgical procedures are featured. Blood, incisions, and scars are visible. 


Women's bare breasts and people's bottoms are visible during medical consultations, but nipple and areola structures and bare bottoms are blurred. Crude references to genitals ("balls," for example) are audible. 


Words such as "hell" and "damn" audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped. 


The series is a promotional vehicle for the plastic surgery services of Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some clients have addiction issues; concerns about controlling post-operative pain is discussed. References are made to cocaine and other drugs. Drinking (wine) is visible. At least one patient smokes during recovery.  

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Botched features people getting surgical consultations -- by doctors who have appeared on Real Housewives series -- and procedures to repair cosmetic work that was poorly performed or that has worn out. Partial breasts and buttocks are visible during consultations, though additional nudity is blurred. Squeamish viewers might be grossed out by the operation scenes, which include a bit of blood. The show contains lots of bleeped language, as well as crude references to genitals. Smoking and drug use is discussed; wine drinking is sometimes shown. The series is a promotional vehicle for Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow's medical practice. 

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What's the story?

BOTCHED is a reality series featuring people who are trying to repair plastic surgeries gone bad. People who've had bad rhinoplasty procedures, are living with damaged breast implants, and have had other unsatisfactory cosmetic-related procedures meet with board-certified surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow to see if the damage that has been done to their bodies can be repaired. After each examination, the two determine if the problem warrants surgery and go over what the procedure will be like with their patients. After the surgical procedures, patients meet with the doctors to get the bandages off and to see what they look like.

Is it any good?


From worn-out silicone breast implants for notable clients such as Janice Dickinson to bad nose jobs, butt lifts, eye roundings, and other procedures that sometimes involve faulty products, procedures that can go horribly wrong during and after surgery are the focus of this reality show. It also reveals the complicated -- and often very painful -- surgical procedures patients must undergo to repair their bodies. 

The doctors provide some humorous moments, and their patients often are​ colorfully entertaining. But their stories also are​disturbing, because they reveal the extremes they're willing to go to to obtain what they believe is physical perfection. Reality fans may find this worth watching, but each case serves as a cautionary tale for those considering cosmetic procedures of any kind.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people get cosmetic surgical procedures. Is it to feel better about themselves? To look like models? What are some of the benefits of getting these procedures done? The dangers? 

  • What role does the media play in the way people feel about their bodies? How does this affect people's decisions to have plastic surgery? 

  • Why would people agree to be on a show like this?

TV details

Premiere date:June 24, 2014
Cast:Paul Nassif, Terry Dubrow
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byM&M1995 August 18, 2014

Bad messages and graphic images in surgery-oriented reality series.

Botched gives you an inside look into the work ethics of two Los Angeles plastic surgeons who receive the most extreme requests from patients. The series may give teenagers misconstrued views of society and the ideal of beauty. Many of the people on the show have cringe-worthy demands and seemingly unrealistic expectations, and the worst part is that the surgeons sometimes perform the surgeries no matter how risky they are. Many of the patients express their serious discontent with the way they look, giving the impression that if you do not have perfect features, you cannot be truly happy in life, which of course is false. There is a tad of sexual innuendo and imagery that you should be aware of. For example, one episode sees a woman wanting to get breast augmentation (she wanted to get triple Q's believe it or not), and the conversation between her and the surgeons is detailed as she goes into her sex life. Furthermore, there is a lot of nudity, with bare breasts and bottoms leaving nothing to the imagination, although the nudity is obviously non-sexual in nature. One episode features a transgendered individual. The surgical procedures are shown on-camera and can be very disturbing. Foul language is somewhat minimal, however words like f*ck and sh*t are bleeped. Other raunchy or sexual terms are bleeped. Since the show airs on E!, you can expect that Botched is a show that does not take itself seriously.
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Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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