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TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Plastic-surgery-gone-bad reality show not for squeamish.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.  

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 gi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byQueenSophie June 30, 2018

Good, honest doctors, but squeamish at times

This TV series is about two skilled doctors and their attempts to fix ‘botched’ surgeries. The show often shows blood and parts of the procedure, and it is sque... Continue reading

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.  

Talk to your kids 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?

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