Drill Team

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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On the road to home improvement, brands are everywhere.

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

Positive Messages

The central message is that teamwork can solve any problem, and that disagreements can be resolved through compromise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts are good at what they do and work with the homeowners' best interests at heart. Mistakes are made, and sometimes they don't agree, but they always remain professional.

Violence
Sex

The voluptuous female designer is prone to cleavage-bearing tops, which can be a little distracting.

Language

Rare utterances of "hell," plus borderline words like "freaking" and "screwed."

Consumerism

Logos for Sears (and Sears products, including Craftsman tools) are prominently featured, and the hosts frequently mention the company by name. As in, "This is my favorite kind of paint: Easy Living from Sears!" Other featured brands include Mullican Flooring and Charisma tile, etc.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, aside from heavy brand promotion for Sears, this is a suitable show for families to watch together, although kids might not be interested in the issues of homeowners (such as designing a nursery or renovating a basement to repair water damage). On rare occasions, hosts will use words like "hell" or "damn" (as in, "hell, no"), and sometimes say things like, "We're screwed." While not inherently sexual, the female host's penchant for curve-conscious tops can be a bit distracting.

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What's the story?

When homeowners get in a jam with a home-improvement project they can't finish on their own, they call in the DRILL TEAM, a trio of experts (carpenters Jeff Devlin and Brandon Russell, and designer Lauren Makk) who swoop in to fix and refurbish their ailing properties. Each episode brings a different scenario -- from a couple who only has nine days to create a nursery and convert one bathroom into two, to a family who's struggling to rebuild after their former home burned to the ground.

Is it any good?

When it comes to home-improvement shows, Drill Team isn't the best. In fact, there's an entire network devoted to the topic of home improvement and DIY renovation that offers far better choices -- and more impressive reveals. Instead of offering weekend warriors helpful tips and takeaways, the Drill Team hosts spend a bunch of time shilling for Sears with disingenuous testimonials and product placements. So don't expect to learn much...unless you want to know more about Sears.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism and the show's frequent mentions of Sears and Sears products. What messages is the show sending about the Sears brand as a whole? When a host says something like, "I know I can go to Sears for a crib and baby bed. They usually have that in stock," does that statement seem genuine or forced? Are Sears products ever portrayed in a negative light? Why do the hosts incorporate so many brands into the show?

  • Are the homeowners paying for their own renovation projects, or is the show ponying up the cash? How does having homeowners pay their own way affect the design process?

  • How does the format and feel of this series compare with other shows about DIY design? Do you think it's more or less entertaining than other shows with a similar theme?

TV details

For kids who love reality shows

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