A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork is important to getting the job done.
Positive Role Models
The hosts communicate well with one another and are respectful of each other's needs for workplace autonomy. They try to encourage and mentor their still-learning employees.
The stars describe themselves as a "young Latino power couple" -- Eilyn is Cuban, Ray is Dominican. Most of the relationships portrayed are heteronormative and can border on stereotypical, with Ray offering to buy his wife designer shoes in exchange for her career advice.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendos here and there, like when a client crassly refers to his bedroom as the "stabbin' cabin."
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Expletives include milder words like "damn" and "hell" but we also hear terms like "motherf----r" and "bulls--t".
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Products & Purchases
References to brands like Mercedes and the NFL. Ray mentions wanting to appear in magazines like Elle Decor and Vogue Living.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the client designs include bars and wine cellars, room reveals are accompanied by champagne bottles popping. Adults drink beer and wine. Eilyn makes a joke about Cuban coffee being more effective than meth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Designing Miami is a reality show that focuses on the interior design careers of a married couple, as well as the relationship between them. Language-wise, we hear terms like "damn" and "f--k," and there are some sexual references and jokes here and there. Adults drink beer and wine. Fans of shows like Selling Sunset will probably not be satisfied with the lack of reality show theatrics, while fans of inspiration-heavy home decor shows won't get enough of that either.
Is It Any Good?
The series falters in large part because it can't decide whether it's a design-focused show, a workplace drama, or a reality show with manufactured drama. The only real conflict in Designing Miami is when Eilyn expresses mild irritation at Ray for not standing up to his large family when they bring up her least favorite topic, having a baby. It's clear that both halves of the Designing Miami couple are majorly focused on building their businesses, first and foremost -- and at another point, Ray even states that while he feels ready for a kid, he respects that his wife doesn't and that he won't pressure her about it.
Still, we don't spend enough time on the relationship stuff to get very invested in their story, then the show shifts to before-and-after room reveals and tips on how to accessorize a bookshelf. Should the series get a second season, it would probably help a lot if they'd pick a lane and stick with it.
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