Million Dollar Decorators

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show with elite designers, egos, and materialism.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While themes like creativity and professionalism are highlighted, they are overshadowed by massive spending and material excess. Occasionally clients talk about divorce and other issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The designers are creative and self-confident, but they can also be self-absorbed and arrogant. One designer believes his work is more important than that of the United States president. Mary McDonald is sometimes compared to Karen Walker’s character on Will & Grace.

Violence

Arguments sometimes break out between designers and their co-workers. Designers often talk down to the laborers completing the work.

Sex

Occasionally jokes are made about cleavage and stripping.

Language

Words like "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Many of the designers’ stores and labels are prominently featured. Luxury cars like Audis and BMWs are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, cocktail, and champagne drinking is frequently visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series about a group of high-end designers in Los Angeles features lots of materialistic wealth and excessive spending, which overshadows secondary themes like creativity and professionalism. Curse words like "f--k" are frequent but bleeped. Wine, champagne, and cocktail drinking is often visible. Designers often mention their celebrity clients, while clients occasionally talk to them about their personal problems, including divorce.

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What's the story?

MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS follows the creative drama of a group of elite interior designers in Los Angeles, California. It stars high-end designers like Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, and Nathan Turner. Internationally renowned designers like Kathryn Ireland and celebrity decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard are also featured. Satisfying wealthy and demanding clients isn’t always easy, especially when the designers are also trying to balance their personal lives. But the time, energy, and money they spend on their work results in big payouts, luxury lifestyles, and decorator stardom.

Is it any good?

This reality series showcases lots of expensive homes and lavish design details, but the show’s real focus is on the people being paid big bucks to tastefully showcase their extravagant lifestyles. While some of these designers’ personalities are amusingly quirky, their endless discussions about what it costs to hire them, how much they spend on their clients, and (especially in the case of Martyn Lawrence Bullard) who their famous clients are, get pretty tiresome.

Folks who like watching design and decorating shows might enjoy watching these professionals stress over projects like Sharon Osbourne’s apartment, especially when things seem to be going horribly wrong. Meanwhile, in between the drama, the designers’ commitment to a client underscores the importance of creativity and being professional. But it’s the designers’ larger-than-life egos that makes this show entertainingly comical.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how interior designers are featured in the media. What kind of personality traits do they seem to possess on TV? Why are so many male designers on TV gay?  Do you think these media representations are based on stereotypes about the industry and the people who work in it? Or is this simply a part of interior design culture?

  • How realistic is the show's depiction of working as a designer? Is it as fun and/or glamorous as they make it seem on TV?

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For kids who love reality television

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