Dream Machines

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lots of swearing and rough-housing in car-building show.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series demonstrates how a ideas for a concept car go from design to finished product. It also underscores the idea that it is possible to use one's imagination to create something new and exciting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The brothers have a close relationship  The team has fun, but pitches in and works hard to get the work done. The company is fined for safety violations; attempts are made to fix these problems.


Frequent arguments between the brothers sometimes lead to yelling and throwing things. Conventional cars are sometimes sledgehammered for parts. The shop is vandalized; blood is visible around the damaged machinery. The guys participate in simulated air dogfights and other fast-paced activities.


Words like "damn," "ass," "crap," "bitch," and "piss" are audible; "f--k" "s--t" are bleeped (but sometimes still clearly understood).


Parker Brothers Concepts Company is promoted throughout the show. Logos for Apple computers and car-related companies like Asanti are visible. References are made to shows like Battlestar Galactica.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dream Machines, which features brothers who design and build concept cars, features lots of arguing and strong language ("bitch," "piss," "crap"; stronger word bleeped but understandable). Logos for Apple computers and tire companies like Asanti are visible, and Parker Brothers Concepts Company are frequently visible. High-end clients like 50 Cent are also featured.

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Adult Written byteralee May 17, 2012

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What's the story?

The reality series DREAM MACHINES features brothers Mark and Shanon Parker building concept vehicles for high-end clients. Inspired by science fiction, comic books, and various high-powered machines, the duo design crazy and outrageous cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles that most people can't even dream about. With the help of their fun and wild group of fabricators, welders, and mechanics, the two are able to go from a design idea to a finished product. Meanwhile, pleasing clients like 50 Cent, wrestler/actor John Cena, and and actor/film director Peter Berg, lead to some great business opportunities. But pushing the envelope when building these futuristic machines isn't easy, especially when the designs don't actually function in real life. But this team proves that with lots of imagination and hard work, they can dream big and build bigger.

Is it any good?

The series demonstrates the process by which ideas for concept cars go from being a simple drawn design to an actual finished product. It also shows how difficult (and expensive) the construction of these vehicles can be, and the challenges that arise when the expectations of designers or clients exceed the machine's functional capabilities.

Folks who like unique machines, fast cars, and learning more about what goes into this kind of work will definitely find this show worth watching and entertaining. Some of the antics of the staff also create some fun moments. But thanks to some sibling rivalry and salty language, it's a little rough for young viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about concept cars. What exactly is a concept car? What are the specific steps that go into thinking about and designing a car on paper and/or on the computer, and then actually building one? Who actually buys and drives these cars? Do concept cars eventually go into mass production? Does this show inspire you to build something yourself?

  • Do you think this reality show is designed to educate people about the concept car making process? Or is it really a promotional vehicle for the kinds of concept cars that the Parker Brothers produce? What do the brothers stand to gain or lose by appearing on this show?

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For kids who love cars

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