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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some mild but good-natured trash talking among the competitors.
Violence & Scariness
The show's intro includes very brief shots of cars hitting the walls and spinning out, but there are no injuries.
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Rare use of words like "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Show sponsor Gillette, raceway owner Lowe's, and car sponsors like Mobil and Miller Lite get a lot of screen time. Voice-overs even plug some companies (cars.com, for instance) during the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol brands like Miller Lite get publicity on car ads.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this car-racing competition has even more product placement/sponsorship issues than your average reality series. The ads plastered atop the cars and on the racers' suits are irritating enough, but the voice-over verbal plugs for a select few companies are just plain obnoxious. Aside from the overbearing advertising, there's little here to worry parents -- but there's equally little substance: The show mostly plays out like a fantasy camp for the rich and famous to live out their need for speed.
Is It Any Good?
Hosted by ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty (formerly of NBA fame), this series has the look and feel of an abbreviated version of a standard race, which is sure to thrill NASCAR fans. But for the general viewing public, it's obnoxious to say the least. The hosts' constant voice-over chatter -- much of which is full of nonsense comments like, "He's crazy!" and "He is nuts!" -- soon becomes nearly as irritating as the drivers themselves and the excessive advertising on the cars, not to mention the voice-over plugs.
While it has the requisite cast of B-list celebs -- who, along with the big-name NASCAR drivers showing them the ropes, would probably love their show to find the success of seasoned reality veterans like Dancing with the Stars -- the series comes up short in competitive muscle. Its herky-jerky style and lack of camera time for the behind-the-scene confessional interviews (usually the heart of reality TV) make it clear that Fast Cars can't compete with its meatier peers. In the end, it just smacks of a televised fantasy camp for stars to live out their NASCAR dreams.
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