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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team



Reality show is a mix of hard work and sexuality.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were created to appeal to a wide variety of (presumably mostly male) fans. While the women must be pretty and sexy, they must also be intelligent, articulate, talented, and hardworking. The team is primarily Caucasian but welcomes women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Sex appeal is part of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders' persona. The practice uniforms and performance outfits are both skimpy and tight. The opening sequence features close ups of cleavage and midriffs. Some of the choreography is suggestive.

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The Cowboys' team logo, star emblem, etc. are all clearly displayed. Calendars and other DCC items are discussed. The cheerleaders wear white Capezio brand dance boots on the field and occasionally dance to popular, recognizable songs.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and beer are visible during very specific occasions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cheerleading reality series -- which will probably appeal to young cheerleaders, as well as to longtime fans of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders -- includes lots of cleavage shots, skimpy costumes, suggestive dance moves, and discussions of "male appeal." On the flipside, the series also shows the hard work that goes into becoming a team member. The women are judged on their physical appearance, including their weight and sex appeal, as well as their intelligence, athleticism, and strength of character.

What's the story?

Featuring the world's most famous cheerleading squad, DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to wear the uniform. At the team's pre-season training camp, the 40+ hopefuls who make the first cut must prove they have the star quality needed to earn one of the team's 36 coveted spots. Under the scrutiny of director Kelli Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell, the trainees must quickly learn dance routines and football trivia, hone interview skills, and endure hours of intense physical training with a former army sergeant. The candidates must prove themselves to be good dancers, strong athletes, and intelligent, classy, articulate ambassadors for the Cowboys. But, not surprisingly, the key thing the women have to have is great sex appeal, especially when they wear the famously revealing uniform.

Is it any good?


It's hard not to feel conflicted when watching this show. It features women putting their heart and soul into making a team that was founded -- and continues to exist -- for the purpose of providing eye candy for male football fans. On the other hand, it's an honest portrayal of what goes into to creating these popular American icons. And it definitely shows viewers how much hard work and determination goes into becoming a professional cheerleader.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cheerleading. What do kids/teens think about the sport? What are the origins of cheerleading? Did you know it started out as an all-male activity? Why do you think that changed? Families can also discuss the stereotypes that are typically associated with cheerleaders. How are cheerleaders typically portrayed in the media? Do professional teams like the DCC eliminate or perpetuate these stereotypes? Why? Does this show change your opinion of cheerleaders?

TV details

Premiere date:September 29, 2006
Cast:Jay Johnson, Judy Trammell, Kelli Finglass
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written bysouthparkfan14 January 29, 2011

Has mixed messages

the show is pretty good but it has mixed messages, the girls are told to speak properly and be role models to little girls but how can you do that when your not wearing that much clothes?!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written byBLT210 May 17, 2012

A parent's nightmare is your daughter would choose this for herself.

It shows just how shallow the standards are with these cheerleaders. As a parent i could never accept that my daughter would choose to flaunt herself for something as meaningless as being a DCC. The body images that are shown would be tough to accept, and sets standards that are fleeting. This is a show that cultivates the salicious side of the DCC and tries to make it look that achieving this selection is something important.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byJtafoya5 January 27, 2016

This Show Is Ridiculous

The fact that these people demand these young woman's whole lives and they do it without giving anything in return. The cheerleaders make about $150 a game, and do not get compensated for practices yet expect "world class" and complete dedication. If they expect so much they should offer a little SOMETHING in return. What's the incentive to even make the team? For camera time? They can make YouTube videos about their horror stories of Kelli and Judy and be making wah more money.