A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's a strong message about working hard to fulfill your dreams and about positive ways to build a business. The sisters and their team also convey good messages by example -- they work well and constructively together, and the sisters choose to donate to charity even though it puts them in a tough spot (and in the end they're more excited about the money they raised than what a good job they did).
Positive Role Models
The sisters model excellent behavior in the face of high stress. They don't yell or belittle each other even when they're angry, and they're good bosses -- supportive but firm. One employee gets her feelings hurt at one point, but she's quickly comforted and reassured. The sisters work hard and appreciate the value of hard work, which is making their business a success.
Infrequent use of words/phrases like "pissed off."
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Products & Purchases
The show promotes the sisters' bakery.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, unlike many reality shows, this bakery-centric series boasts positive messages and role models -- the two sisters at the center of the show are hardworking and generous, and they treat their employees (and each other) well. Because it's a reality show, there's always the potential for strong language, but generally "pissed off" is about as strong as it gets. Kids interested in cupcakes, careers, or both may find it a fun pick.
Is It Any Good?
DC CUPCAKES stands out from its "behind the scenes" reality sisterhood (even its fellow bakery-centric series) by being positive and downplaying conflict. Of course, while it's nice not to see people screaming and berating one another, it doesn't make for very interesting viewing, either.
But as sweet as it is, the show's biggest issue is actually that we've been down this road so many times before. Granted, a difficult order with little notice does make for good dramatic conflict, but not when you've seen the same scenario over and over in other shows ... as well as this one. Still anyone with a craving for cupcakes (or friendly reality TV) may enjoy tuning in.
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