A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The special effects artists featured on the series represent mostly self-made professionals who have worked hard to achieve success in a highly unconventional field. This sends a strong message of the value of working toward dreams and trying to do what one most wants to do for a living.
Positive Role Models
While the show's designers are very good at their jobs and communicate the intricacies well, they are also poorly behaved at times and demonstrate occasional poor interpersonal relationships, for example the frequent anger between a daughter and father duo on the series.
Violence & Scariness
The show depicts special effects projects for film and television that involve heavy gore, such as shark attacks or Siamese twins splitting apart. But while the images can be gross, it's clear that everything is fake.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional views of scantily-clad women being attacked by monsters in horror film clips, or being fitted for prosthetic appliances in the FX shop.
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Occasional use of "damn" or "hell," very rare use of stronger language, but always bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Rare references to social drinking or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this behind-the-scenes reality series focuses on a Hollywood special effects shop that works exclusively in horror films. Their projects often involve very specific and gory violence, and the shop's employees seem to delight in that fact. While the team working on these projects is occasionally rough around the edges in terms of their treatment of each other, their skill at their work clearly shines through. These are talented craftspeople depicted working at a job they clearly love.
Is It Any Good?
Monster Man suffers from the same awkwardness that so many reality series today suffer from: It just doesn't feel very "real." Although there's plenty of interesting material, most of the cast exhibits a deer-in-the-headlights reaction to discussing their work on camera.
There's also an unshakable sense that the entire enterprise is scripted to within an inch of its life -- not that most reality shows aren't, but at least most other reality shows are better at disguising the unreality with a sense of spontaneity. It's ironic that a team credited with so many amazing unreal creations can't manage to overcome the unreality of their own reality show.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.