A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show gives a glimpse into the important role of etiquette in Chinese culture. Sara also sometimes incorporates Chinese proverbs in her teaching style.
The show places an importance on becoming a responsible and self-sufficient adult who has self-confidence and likes who they are. Sara says, "Etiquette is about respect and consideration for others… no matter what your culture is" and "Self love starts with self acceptance."
Positive Role Models
The people featured on the show are looking to improve themselves and are willing to put in hard work in order to become the people they want to be and to have the life they want. They have to overcome adversity and work hard to reach their goals. Along with being open to change, they also express extreme gratitude to Sara and all of the other people that are trying to help them. Despite being their teacher, Sara displays a lot of compassion and empathy for the people she helps.
Sara is Asian and she and some of her former clients sometimes speak Chinese; she also sometimes includes Chinese proverbs in her advice. Many of her clients are people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
People speak of serious issues and histories of trauma such as being bullied as children. Sara's clients also often have a moment of emotional breakdown and are shown crying with her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sara says there's no rules around sex on the first date as long as it's consensual and safe while holding a condom. The first person featured wears a lot of revealing clothing, which Sara refers to as "stripper wear" and says that it reads as "one night stand." The term "t-tties out" is used multiple times. There are sexual innuendos peppered into the show, and references to things like oral sex and condoms. A woman is shown twerking and discussing feeling "sexy" but not looking "slutty."
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Language includes "t--ties," "s--t," "ass," "slutty," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
In the makeup portion of the show there's an emphasis on clothes and makeup. Luxury fashion brands such as Gucci, Givenchy, etc. are mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The first person featured discusses excessive drinking for days at a time, which she sees as being a fun and perfectly acceptable way to live. The topic isn't really seriously addressed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mind Your Manners focuses on teaching people how to be responsible and self-sufficient individuals who are confident in themselves and respect others. The show's host, Sara, emphasizes the importance of etiquette and self-acceptance, and often addresses serious issues such as bullying and trauma. However, it should be noted that the show also contains sexual innuendos, references to oral sex and condoms, as well as the use of explicit language like "t--ties out," "s--t," "ass," and "slutty." Additionally, the people featured sometimes wear revealing clothing that Sara refers to as "stripper wear" and "slutty."
Is It Any Good?
Though this new reality series isn't breaking any molds, fans of shows like Queer Eye will find a lot to love. The host of Mind Your Manners, Sara, is a refreshingly open and funny woman who's not easily shocked. Teens will enjoy the ridiculousness of segments like learning to cut a banana properly with a knife and fork, but be aware that it's not all innocent fun -- Sara isn't afraid to hit viewers with the occasional racy comment. The transformations of the clients are interesting to watch and genuinely seem to benefit them, although the before "bad behavior" is obviously exaggerated in order to make the eventual transformation more dramatic.
That being said, there are some antiquated and potentially racist ideas presented in the show, such as when Sara tells her first client, a Black woman, that she needs to work on her enunciation and diction to be taken seriously. It's also hard not to cringe when Sara praises how Parisian women dress "sexy but not slutty." Despite the show's shortcomings, viewers won't be able to help cheering on the people featured while doing a little self-reflection as they watch. This is a show that will provide parents and teens with lots of talking points on what it means to be true to oneself while putting your best foot forward.
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