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 reality spin-off, which centers on designer Jeff Lewis redesigning a room in hopes of inspiring changes in the homeowners' relationship, features constant bickering, some salty vocab ("piss," "bitch," "ass"; stronger words bleeped), and references to having sex. Adults occasionally drink wine or cocktails. Product placement is everywhere, especially the PODS storage units.
What's the story?
INTERIOR THERAPY WITH JEFF LEWIS features interior designer and Flipping Out reality star Jeff Lewis helping people fix the interior of their homes and their marriages. Along with assistant Jenni Pulos, Lewis moves into the featured home for five days in order to intensively redesign at least one of house's interior rooms. While they work with their contractors to ensure that the remodel stays on schedule, Lewis also invites the homeowners to communicate about and agree upon some of the proposed design changes as a way of getting them to address some of the issues that are negatively affecting their relationship. But it isn't easy, and things are apt to go wrong when remodeling a room in such a short amount of time. Luckily, he's got his housekeeper Zoila Chavez to pitch in when he needs it. At the end of the stressful week, the remodel leads to a beautiful space and a happier relationship.
Is it any good?
Despite claiming to use interior design as a way to inspire homeowners to work on their relationship problems, the main focus of this series is on Jeff Lewis' colorful relationship with his staff, as well as his ability to please his clients. Meanwhile, the real relationship drama comes from Lewis and Polus, whose bickering creates as much drama in the show as the multiple construction mishaps that occur during the redesign.
Jeff Lewis fans will enjoy the ironic (and sometimes snarky) humor featured here, while others will enjoy watching some of his design challenges. It doesn't contain the same amount of voyeuristic guilty pleasures that other relationship-focused reality shows offer, but it's still quite entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Do you think Lewis talks to his staff in the same blunt way when cameras are off? Or are his conversations staged for entertainment purposes?
What makes a successful reality show star? Why do you think Jeff Lewis and his staff have been selected to make this spin-off? Do you think Lewis would use some of the brands mentioned on the show if he wasn't being paid to?