A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Dragons often judge the competitors on a personal level, uttering comments like "I don't like you" and "You have a certain sort of arrogance." At times it seems they enjoy watching the competitors squirm under pressure. But when it comes to business knowledge and experience, the Dragons' criticisms of the entrepreneurs are harsh but fair. Emotions and tempers run high in tense situations. The cast of Dragons includes one female self-made millionaire.
Infrequent use of expletives like "hell" and "s--t" (unbleeped).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British reality series isn't really intended for kids or tweens. Even though there's not much outright age-inappropriate content, the subject matter -- entrepreneurs vying for cash investments -- isn't likely to interest them, and they won't understand the reason behind the contestants' obvious angst or the millionaires' harsh judgments. Expect plenty of tension and some tears shed when the millionaires shatter contestants' dreams, as well as occasional strong language. All of that said, the series may intrigue older viewers who have an interest in business or entrepreneurship.
Is It Any Good?
If Donald Trump sat in judgment over the contestants of American Inventor, the result would be something like Dragons' Den. Because the five millionaires are investing their own cash, they don't often mince words in their critiques of either the business pitches or the entrepreneurs themselves. When the Dragons think the contestants are being respectful of their expertise, they counter with personal digs. While their frustration is understandable in some cases, it's hard to not feel for the entrepreneurs, who often come across as desperate in the face of the seemingly omnipotent Dragons and their visible piles of cash.
The show clearly isn't the best pick for kids and tweens -- who would probably be bored by it anyway -- but teens and adults may enjoy the combination of drama and suspense we've all come to expect from reality series that offer common folk a possible change in fortune. And because these millionaires have made their own fortunes doing what the show's contestants are trying to do, their critiques are based on sound expertise and might just offer viewers real insight into successful entrepreneurial endeavors.
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