Parents' Guide to

Making the Cut

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun fashion showdown rewards design and sales potential.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Fantastic Game show

Making the cut is a competition show, there is cussing but it’s mostly blocked out they’re is an occasional word that is not blocked out. In the first outfit one of the contestants make a dress wear you can see the models whole chest but it’s mostly blurred out. This is a fantastic game show that I would definitely recommend.

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This entertaining competition series offers some creative designer fun along with a glimpse into the commercial world of retail fashion. It feels nostalgic thanks to the happy return of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who quickly settle into their iconic roles as hosts, mentors, and judges made famous by Project Runway (no references are made to that series). However, unlike Project Runway, Making the Cut requires contestants to push the boundaries of design without losing sight of the fact that their creations need to be understood and appreciated by the consumer to be commercially successful. Rather than watching contestants bicker as they sew garments from start to finish, viewers are introduced to a workroom process that looks more like that of a fashion business, which relies on off-screen garment stitchers and other makers to sew pieces based on the designers' patterns and technical instructions.

The partnership with Amazon gives Making the Cut a commercial edge, but given the show's overall theme about how to cultivate a successful retail business, the massive global retailer is a fitting participant. Meanwhile, the exchanges between the judges are limited, and their conversations with the designers are much less dramatic than the last-minute mishaps, glamorous runway shows, and outfits that completely miss the mark. Project Runway fans will appreciate the upbeat fun, and there's no doubt that a new generation of fashion-themed TV lovers will find Making the Cut a good fit.

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