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Parents' Guide to

Carson Nation

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Makeover show light on drama, heavy on sympathy, sweetness.

TV OWN Reality TV 2011
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 25, 2011
  • Network: OWN
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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