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 this car-oriented reality show pits wannabe car builders -- many of whom come from troubled backgrounds -- against one another for a shot at a job with a prestigious auto body shop. Despite the show's competitive nature, team members are generally polite and supportive of one another. Arguments pop up occasionally as personalities clash, but problems are generally worked out in a positive manner. The host promotes a strong work ethic and models passion for his work. Moderate profanity is common ("ass," "screwed," etc.), with the strongest words bleeped.
What's the story?
HARD SHINE adds a competitive twist to the car-rehab reality show genre as five wannabe hot-rod builders strive for one position with SO-CAL Speed Shop. Mentor Jimmy Shine is himself a hot-rod builder who worked his way up from the bottom rung to become a renowned driver and manufacturer. Over the course of five months, Shine leads the trainees through the steps needed to complete work on five high-end vehicles. His rough-around-the-edges personality rubs some trainees the wrong way, but he's clearly a softy at heart.
Is it any good?
Each trainee has something unique to offer, though their personalities aren't as big as some viewers may be used to from other reality shows. This can make the show feel a little underwhelming -- even though it's refreshing to see real folks on the job instead of wannabe actors. Automotive enthusiasts will find yet another car show to enjoy in Hard Shine, with the added element of excitement of a competition.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about car culture. Why are there so many vehicle-centric reality shows? How does the competition angle affect the dynamic among the folks at the shop? Families can also talk about the appeal of cars in general. Do you have a favorite car? Why do you think some people get so into niche cars like hot rods?