Construction Intervention



Business makeover reality drama lacks much kid appeal.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sometimes, people just need a little help, and that’s what Frattini and his construction team provides here. They deliver free renovations and construction overhauls to struggling businesses that might go under with the badly-needed upgrades.

Positive role models

Frattini may have altruistic motives, helping struggling businesses stay afloat, but he does not come across as the most sensitive boss. He berates and harangues his employees, and while he does get them to work harder, they often grumble about his brusque manner.


Frattini gets loud and seems angry frequently -- this is his motivational technique for inspiring his workers.

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Very minor swearing. One character calls another an “S.O.B.” and another yells out “son of a …” in frustration, without completing the phrase. Some people say “damn.”


Each episode focuses on a single struggling business, which is named over and over. Some of the people involved in the renovations have their own design or construction businesses, which are also mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

When the team is revamping a bar, some scenes feature people drinking before and after the renovation job.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this renovation reality series follows a contractor who often yells at his workers to motivate them, sometimes seeming very angry in the process. There's some very mild swearing ("damn" and "S.O.B.") and many emotional scenes when business owners see their businesses renovated. Each episode plugs a single New York City business, and some of the contractors and designers get shout-outs as well.

What's the story?

On the outside, veteran New York contractor Charlie “The Bulldog” Frattini seems tough, loud and demanding, but inside he’s just a softie who wants to help his clients. And that’s just what he gets to do on CONSTRUCTION INTERVENTION, a reality series where Frattini and his crew volunteer to provide badly-needed renovations to struggling stores, bars, and restaurants. The cameras follow along as Frattini meets the business owners, who are generally on the brink of bankruptcy and can’t afford the repairs that could keep them afloat. Then he summons the team, who swoop in to work around-the-clock to overhaul the buildings. The show is part how-to show, as the tradesmen show off their handiwork, and part personal drama, as the clients explain how their businesses are an integral part of their lives, and are often moved to tears when they see the results.

Is it any good?


Frattini is fun to watch. He harangues and yells and blusters to get his team to complete the job as fast as possible, and when something goes wrong (in construction, something always goes wrong), he blows his top. But much of this is just for show, as he explains to the camera, part of an act designed to motivate his team. And the emotional reactions of the clients are truly genuine; they have often poured their lives into these businesses, and are overwhelmed and overjoyed to have Frattini pull them back from the brink of going under.

The middle part of the show is less interesting, because watching the crew at work isn’t especially exciting, nor does it offer any real tips for the avid do-it-yourselfer. But seeing all these burly carpenters, electricians, and contractors donating their time and energy to help others is just heart-warming.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Frattini's method for motivating his workers? Do you think acting angry gets people to work harder? What are some other ways Frattini could motivate his workers? Do you think it's harder to motivate people who are working for free? What kind of motivation do you respond to best?

  • Talk about the aesthetics of a store. Does the way a store or restaurant look affect whether you want to spend money there? Do you think a renovation project, even a major one, is all that’s needed to turn a business around?

  • Why do you think home makeover shows are so popular? Do you think audiences want to connect with the idea that people are willing to help each other? Or is there something else?

  • What kind of volunteer opportunities are in your area? What would you enjoy doing to help out?

TV details

Cast:Charlie Frattini
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 16 years old Written byluke3854 May 9, 2010
A person who has money he made helps out other people very good show nothing bad. It is a very positive show
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Parent of a 2 year old Written byEMFH2 April 17, 2010
Love it! It is extremely entertaining and is enjoyable to watch Charlie and his construction crew interact with each other! Good for all ages.
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