A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the show's emphasis is on weight loss, it encourages the dancers to get healthy rather than super skinny. To drive the point home, the contestants are teamed up with a doctor, a nutritionist, and a physical trainer in addition to their dance partner. On the downside, some of the producers' choices seem designed to elicit viewer laughs -- like dressing some of the contestants in unflattering costumes.
Positive Role Models
Contestants include both men and women, both single and married, ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s. Many have serious health problems, but most want to get healthy and do something about it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to body parts (particularly buttocks and breasts) in relationship to sexual attractiveness. Somewhat revealing costumes.
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The title of the show contains the word "ass," but other curse words are rare. Some refer to having "junk in the trunk," "thunder thighs," a sizable "booty," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The dancers' "cheat" pantry includes a few brand-name snacks like Doritos.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the central message of this weight loss-oriented reality competition is positive for all ages, the show is targeting adults and older teens, not kids. (Need a clue that it's not meant for young children? Note the word "ass" in the title.) Expect to hear some slang words for body parts -- including "junk" and "booty" -- and see a few brand-name food and drink items. Costumes tend toward the revealing, too, occasionally baring midriffs or buttocks.
Is It Any Good?
A blend of The Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars (minus the stars), this dance contest tries hard to entertain. And while some viewers will watch because they find the dancers' stories inspiring, others might be tuning in to have a laugh at their expense. After all, the show goes out of its way to dress the contenders in flashy costumes that are typically unflattering (including fishnet body stockings and ultra-short shorts), so you have to wonder whether producers are milking what could be a 100% postive process for extra comedic potential.
The show also loses points for iffy renditions of popular songs like Cher's "Believe." But at least it's making an effort to help contestants (and, hopefully, viewers) get healthy in a fun, upbeat way.
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