Brother vs. Brother

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun renovation competition is mild enough for tweens.

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Positive Messages

The show highlights some ways homes can be renovated to increase their value, as well as the challenges that come with renovations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Drew and Jonathan are personable, positive, and professional. Their criticism is constructive but not disrespectful. 

Violence

Walls get blown, floors get torn, and other things get broken. Mild disagreements break out among the cast. Occasionally contestants have bully-like attitudes. 

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Language
Consumerism

Logos for show sponsors such as 3M ScotchBlue are prominently visible and audibly referred to. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Contains references to drinking (usually beer). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brother vs. Brother, a spin-off of the popular renovation series Property Brothers, is a mild competition series. There's lots of competitive-but-fun banter, as well as a few tense moments resulting from disagreements among contestants and some bully-like attitudes. There's some occasional references to drinking, too. Logos for 3M products such as ScotchBlue are prominently visible. Kids may not be too interested, but real estate and renovation fans of all ages will definitely be drawn to the show. 

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What's the story?

The Property Brothers spin-off BROTHER VS. BROTHER features real estate expert Drew Scott and his sibling, designer and contractor Jonathan, leading two teams of home renovators toward a $50,000 grand prize. Each brother heads up a group of designers, contractors, and other experts who will band together to successfully complete renovation challenges designed to raise the property values of the homes they're working on in only a few days. After each renovation, the work is evaluated by popular real estate experts such as Love It or List It''s Hillary Farr and David Visentin to determine which team increased its property value the most. After each renovation, a contestant from the losing team is eliminated. The contestant who makes it to the end wins the cash, and bragging rights are awarded to the winning brother.

Is it any good?

By highlighting successful bathroom makeovers to disastrous baseboard placements, the series shows some of the ways the values of properties can be increased (or decreased) and the many mistakes people make when attempting renovations. But much of the fun comes from the friendly competition between the brothers, whose close relationship and respect for their teams is evident in every episode. 

It's milder than many renovation competitions, even when the brothers unapologetically point out mistakes and remind their teams that they expect their work to be professional. There are occasional tense moments among the competitors, too. But, overall, if you like renovation shows, this one definitely has something to offer. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of skills that are required to renovate a property. What kinds of things do you need to know before starting a renovation? Do you think reality shows like this one are designed to teach people how to think about and complete renovation projects, or are they really just meant to be entertaining? 

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