A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants are judged objectively on their skill level and artistic interpretation. Talent and skill are rewarded.
Positive Role Models
The contestants and judges (with the exception of comedian Brian Posehn) all have different approaches to taxidermy and take the art form seriously. Most contestants are highly skilled.
Violence & Scariness
The taxidermists are working with animals that are already dead. Taxidermy scenes show some exposed animal tissue, skin, etc., but with minimal to no blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light innuendo includes phrases like "size matters."
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Occasional bleeped swearing (as in, "holy s--t!"). Taxidermists also use body-part terms like "scrotum" and "penis."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Immortalized is a reality competition that rewards technical skill and artistry, so contestants and challengers can turn out some pretty impressive -- albeit occasionally bizarre -- stuff. There's very little blood because the taxidermists work with animals that are already dead. But you'll still see some exposed animal tissue, skin, etc. There's also some light sexual innuendo in the form of phrases like "size matters" and words like "scrotum" and "penis," along with some occasional bleeped swearing (as in, "holy s--t!").
Is It Any Good?
In theory, Immortalized sounds like the stuff reality TV dreams are made of, turning taxidermy into a head-to-head competition that puts a little-understood art form in the spotlight with the corny intensity of, say, Iron Chef America. It sounds weird, just weird enough to work. Only in this case, it totally doesn't -- in spite of the concept's guilty-pleasure potential.
The main problem is the show's bungled format, which completely saps the series of any drama by devoting a mere five minutes to the actual creation process and breezing through the hours of painstaking work that goes into each display. As a result, the bulk of each episode feels more like filler than compelling television. And even weird subjects deserve more dignity than that.
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