Cedric's Barber Battle

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Contest shows off artistic cuts but trims too many details.

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Positive Messages

Shows that haircuts can be art forms. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Judges offer limited feedback on the barbers' work. Barbers are mostly male. 


Lots of snarky, competitive tough talk and insults that's largely meant to be funny.


Some occasional crude humor. 


"Hell," "damn," "ass", "douche bag"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped with mouths blurred. 


Local barber shops featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cedric's Barber Battle is a reality series starring Cedric the Entertainer showcasing the unique culture of barbering communities across the country. The show contains some strong language ("hell," "damn," "ass"; stronger curses bleeped with mouths blurred), competitive tough talk, some crude references, and some edgy humor. There are some references to drinking. Local community barber shops are featured.  

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What's the story?

CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE is a reality series showcasing the unique culture of barbering communities across the country. Each week Cedric the Entertainer hosts a community competition in neighborhoods and cities such as Harlem, Hollywood, and San Antonio that showcase their best barbers. The haircutters face off in two challenges designed to demonstrate their creativity and how their work reflects their local culture. After each round, the "Cutting Board," including celeb stylists Curtis Smith, Lena Piccininni, and Rich the Barber, evaluates the quality of the work. The winner of each competition wins a featured editorial on BarbershopConnect.com, $15,000, and the championship belt.  

Is it any good?

The series offers some interesting insight into barbershop culture, which is historically the socializing center for men in some communities. It also showcases some of the artistry of professional barbers, who use clippers, razors, and coloring techniques to cut their designs into people's crowns. It's interesting, but each episode is so short that it lacks enough to depth to get any real insight into any of it. 

There are lots of jokes, trash talking, and occasional dancing throughout each competition to make the series as funny as it is competitive. Cedric the Entertainer also uses the show as a forum for unleashing his trademark humor, which gives the show some edge; the comedian's fans will find it worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons celebrities host reality shows. Is it to promote themselves? For the money? Or is it to teach us something new? 

  • Families can talk about their own communities. Is there a place your family goes to socialize and have fun? 

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