Ellen's Next Great Designer
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun furniture design contest has talent, swearing.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a competition, but much of the series showcases how unique, high-end furniture pieces are designed and the talent that goes into making them. The show is overwhelmingly positive in its support of up-and-coming talent, and contestants demonstrate perseverance and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Features a diverse group of contestants from around the United States. All of them are respected as top furniture designers by the judges. Some designers are more competitive than others.
Violence & Scariness
Furniture pieces sometimes fall and break, and screaming arguments occasionally erupt between designers and assistants in their workshops.
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Words like "ass" and curses like "s--t" are audible, but "f--k" is bleeped.
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Design magazines are sometimes featured or discussed, and some challenges are connected to these publications. Work that the contestants and judges have done is showcased at the beginning of the series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ellen's Next Great Designer is a reality competition in which furniture designers build high-end concept pieces in hopes of winning a major cash prize. The show is overwhelmingly positive in its support of up-and-coming talent. You can expect some cursing (though "f--k" is bleeped), and Ellen's comedic banter is sometimes mildly suggestive (and will likely go over kids' heads). As in any competition series, there are occasional stress-induced arguments and tears. Design magazines are often discussed and sometimes visible.
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What's the Story?
In ELLEN'S NEXT GREAT DESIGNER, seven of the United States' top up-and-coming furniture designers compete to create unique pieces in hopes of winning a $100,000 prize. From Los Angeles, Ellen DeGeneres sends the contestants furniture design-and-build challenges and materials to be used in each project. With a helper of their choosing, designers must complete the challenge within the specified timeframe in their home workshops. Host Scott Foley visits the designers at their workshops as they work. After each challenge, the contestants take their finished pieces to Los Angeles, where Foley and judges Fernando Mastrangelo and interior designer Brigette Romanek decide which ones make the cut and which ones are going to send the designer home. The winner gets the cash -- and the kudos.
Is It Any Good?
This upbeat series showcases some of furniture design's up-and-coming talent, as well as the kind of unique, high-end furniture that you'd expect to see in galleries. Each challenge requires the designers to find inspiration from different sources, work with different materials, and tell stories with their designs. As they discuss their work, the designers also reveal how they go from a concept to creating an actual piece.
Throughout it all, DeGeneres makes remote appearances and pops up in the studio from time to time. But while she inserts some of her occasional trademark humor, she clearly takes the challenges -- and the designers' work -- seriously. Meanwhile, the judges are careful to offer honest, polite criticism, and they consistently note each contestant's talent. Ellen'' Next Great Designer is worth checking out for anyone interested in furniture or interior design.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about furniture design and designers. The contestants in Ellen's Next Great Designer come from different educational backgrounds and lived experiences. How does the furniture that they design and create represent who they are?
This show is unconventional because designers complete challenges in their hometowns and only come together for judging in Los Angeles. Why do you think it was set up this way? Is it possible that what audiences see is different from what actually happened during production?
How do the contestants demonstrate perseverance and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?
- Premiere date: April 22, 2021
- Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Scott Foley, Brigette Romanek, Fernando Mastrangelo
- Network: Max
- Genre: Reality TV
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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