Parents' Guide to

Mind Your Manners

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Manners makeover coach is compassionate, worldly, and saucy.

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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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