A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The mechanics work hard to achieve a common goal. Teamwork, dedication, training, and focus all play a role in helping the group create some amazing and unique cars.
Positive Role Models
The Kaye brothers work hard, but they don’t always work well together. But despite their bickering, the siblings have an effective collaboration, and they understand that achieving their common goal is more important than any petty argument.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of bickering between the brothers, but nothing really physical.
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Products & Purchases
Many auto companies are mentioned by name, including Ford, Chevrolet, and Pontiac. The show's stars are the founders of the Detroit Bros. custom motorcycle shop, which is featured prominently. Their mechanic pals who participate can win a set of professional tools, and the tool companies are mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes take place at bars and show cast members drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series about a team of skilled auto mechanics that rebuilds cars doesn't have too much content that parents are likely to object to; some scenes feature drinking, and the main cast members do their share of bickering, but there's no sex or violence to speak of. Because all of the show's participants live and work in and around Detroit, the series also includes details about how their lives have been affected by the slumping auto industry -- some are unemployed, and many are struggling. Overall, the show's mechanical details will be interesting to viewers who are interested in cars, while the personal details add some depth.
Is It Any Good?
The mechanics' personal stories are what make Motor City Motors better than the average automotive reality series. Sure, it's plenty interesting to see the skilled workers in their element, debating the merits of cut-outs and chopped cabs and air scoops and then turning a totally ordinary vehicle into a high-performance ride.
But there are many shows that let viewers see all that. This series turns the city of Detroit into an unofficial cast member -- and not an especially upbeat one. The slumping auto industry has taken a toll on both the city's economy and on the show's participants. Though all of them are very good at what they do, several are struggling. Some are unemployed, and all of them seem worried about their future prospects. Even the Kayes' highly regarded custom shop is on the verge of failure. Watching these talented people at work is a treat, but it's a sad testament to the global economy that their valuable skills might not be enough to earn a living.
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