TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Salon spin-off is milder than the original but still catty.

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Positive Messages

The focus is on the relationships between the staff members -- many which are strained or difficult.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The staff members are a mix -- from hard working to fame seeking, but many just bicker and argue all the time.


Arguments between the staff members, especially between the women, are frequent. Occasionally these escalate to screaming matches.


References to looking sexy. One male staff-person flirts constantly with female clients.


The series is a promotional vehicle for A.J.'s of Chicago. Contains references to designers like Vera Wang and Louis Vuitton. Fashion resellers like Luxe Life and high-profile blogs like Candace Jordan's Chicago Now are featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne is served (and consumed) at the salon. Social events serve wine and cocktails, too.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality spin-off Chicagolicious features lots of bickering and jealous cat fighting between team members, though the language is generally mild. Alcohol consumptions is frequent, and references to high-end designers (Vera Wang, Louis Vuitton) and retailers like Luxe Life are common.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byesmil June 14, 2012

Heads-Up! Watch MaCray

The show details the real-life antics ofa high end salon, however, there may be some moments when conversations among cast members are for adult ears only.
Kid, 12 years old July 10, 2012

okay for anyone!

i love it but it does have people going on dates and stuff and some of the girls get in lot of cat fights which can turn into cursing fights but overall it is r... Continue reading

What's the story?

CHICAGOLICIOUS, a spin-off of the reality hair drama Jerseylicious, features a close-knit Chicago team of hair and makeup stylist headed up by high-profile hair stylist A.J. Johnson. As Johnson looks to go national with his salon, he rounds up his team to work major Chicago events and increase its press coverage with the help of publicist Jennifer Knuth while still catering to a high-profile clientele. The eccentric gang, including the Zen-like salon manager Niki, the flirtatious head-barber Howard, the fashion-flawed MaCray Huff, and newbie Austin Maxfield adds its unique flair to every occasion. Adding to the fray is the growing tension between model/stylist Valincia, and new makeup artist and model Katrell. Meanwhile, Johnson's cousin and sales manager Q Lacey is always watching out for the bottom line. There's never a dull moment, but A.J. hopes that together they will be able to launch his salon into the national limelight.

Is it any good?

While milder than its sister-series, Chicagolicious features all the antics that one comes to expect from beauty-salon themed reality series, including behind-the-scenes gossip and bickering between team members. But despite being as equally voyeuristic as the original, this salon and its team come across as more fashion-forward and sophisticated.

Its eclectic cast of characters make for some mildly entertaining moments, but a lot of the interaction between the staff feels scripted. Meanwhile, outside of the occasional ball player, few nationally well-known celebrities actually appear on the show. It's fun if you like this sort of thing, but overall all, this show offers more style than substance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality hair salon shows. What is the appeal of these shows? Are they trying to teach people about hair, or is really a show designed to promote the salon and/or its stylists? Are they really reality shows when they appear scripted?

  • What makes a TV show worthy of a spin off? What are the similarities between this show and the original one? Have there ever been spin-offs that are just as good (or even better) than the original?

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