A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series demonstrates how nail art has been elevated to an artistic form of self-expression.
Positive Role Models
All the contestants are talented, but some of the designers are more humble than others. Some of the designers exhibit some catty behavior, but nothing's too over the top.
Violence & Scariness
Many of the nails look like claws and sport skeletons and other mildly creepy images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nails are often referred to as looking sexy.
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Words such as "ass," "damn," and "hell" audible. Curses such as "f--k" bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Publications such as Nail It!, Zap2it.com, and BuzzFeed are featured or discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some designs incorporate icons such as martini glasses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reality competition Nail'd It features some mildly catty behavior, iffy vocabulary, and nail-themed magazines, blogs, and other publications. It has some teen appeal, but younger kids probably won't be interested.
Is It Any Good?
From quickly creating designs using glitter, tape, beads, foil, and even flowers to please fashion critics to designing nail patterns inspired by shoes, the artists create intricate and unique nail sets that demonstrate how nail art and design have been elevated from simply putting on colorful polish to creating 3-D works of art. It also highlights the wide range of decorative styles the different nail designers are developing.
Some of the drama among the contestants seems a little contrived, and the process of creating the nail sets feels a little slow despite the use of some basic special effects to make it seem faster. But folks who enjoy getting their nails done or who like nail art will find the work presented here interesting. Chances are they'll be inspired to create their own designs, too.
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