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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show focuses on deserving, kind-hearted makeover candidates, and offers viewers a window into these everyday peoples' lives.
Positive Role Models
Host Carson Kressley crisscrosses the United States looking for deserving makeover candidates. Along the way, he listens to his guests' stories, offering a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on if needed. Kressley is an empathetic and likable host whose affection for the show's guests seems genuine.
Violence & Scariness
Some participants' stories involve illness, divorce, or the loss of a loved one.
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Double entendres aren't unheard of, but language rarely goes beyond mild.
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Products & Purchases
In one episode a bride-to-be receives a gift of Louboutin heels. The show uses donated goods and services from mostly local vendors, which are mentioned by name throughout the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Guests at a wedding toast with and drink champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality makeover series takes the superficial fashion makeover template and spins it a heart of gold. Host Carson Kressley finds deserving makeover candidates and gives them style updates for free. All of these participants have endured some type of hardship -- from divorce to the loss of a loved one -- which makes the stories quite touching (and sometimes drawing tears). Expect mentions of local stores, service poviders, and some national brands -- all who donate their services presumably in exchange for mentions on the show.
Is It Any Good?
CARSON NATION is surprisingly touching. Hosted by the exuberant and almost-but-never-quite-over-the-top Kressley, much of the show hinges on his personality and hosting skills. Most viewers will find him charming, though some may find him a bit too invasive as a host. The before and afters of Kressley's makeovers are dramatic (Kressley actually calls these "make-betters").
Additionally, the makeover candidates are relatable and likeable, and many have faced life-changing or life-threatening experiences and illnesses. Since the show depends on donated goods and services from vendors, it walks a fine line between advertorial and entertainment; however, it usually lands squarely in the latter camp.
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