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Groomer Has It
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the participants in this reality show are highly competitive and often insult their peers -- on both the personal and professional level. Judges, too, can be harsh in their criticism of the groomers' work, which leaves some contestants in tears or prompts them to make rude remarks in return. All of that said, this series has the drama and tension of reality shows without a lot of the other iffy stuff, so it's an age-appropriate choice for families with tweens.
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What's the story?
Reality TV goes to the dogs in Animal Planet's series GROOMER HAS IT, which centers on a competition among 12 of the country's top canine stylists. Each week, the groomers face a new challenge that tests both their clipper skills and their creative vision, with three industry professionals offering feedback and eliminating the least-impressive contestant. At the end of the competition, the final stylist will win the Groomer of the Year title, as well as a new mobile pet salon and a cash prize.
Is it any good?
For reality-savvy viewers, there's not much content here likely to raise eyebrows. While it's predictably heavy on interpersonal drama and emotions (this is reality TV, after all), at least there's no sex or blatant commercialism for parents to worry about. Regular viewers may tire of the host's overuse of canine clichés like "put your tail between your legs" and "every dog has its day," but overall the series is an age-appropriate choice for families with older kids and tweens -- and with dogs of all shapes and sizes getting glamorous makeovers, there's plenty to smile about as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how editing affects viewers' impressions of "reality" on TV. How real do you think shows like this are? Did any parts of this series feel forced or contrived to you? Why do you think they were presented in that way? Can you believe everything you see on TV? Why or why not?