Car-centric makeovers are family-friendly fare.

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Positive messages

Sends the message that it's rewarding to do good things for others.

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Connected to and designed to promote the marketing juggernaut that is NASCAR (at least, given that the organization is in the title, they're not trying to hide the association in any way). Tire maker Goodyear's name is attached to the group that remodels cars.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show revolves around a group of mechanics with one goal in mind: helping people fix broken cars. It's a feel-good half-hour with very few faults (unless you're opposed to constant NASCAR promotion) and shows a softer side of the fast-paced world of auto racing.

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What's the story?

In NASCAR ANGELS, a group of auto mechanics gives cars in need of some TLC a major makeover, changing their owners' lives in the process. Shannon Wiseman (a Miss Winston NASCAR ambassador) and racer Rusty Wallace host this family-friendly cross of Trick It Out and Extreme Makeover, where each episode follows the team -- known as the Goodyear Gemini -- as they tackle a challenging car overhaul in three days. In one episode, for example, the mechanics souped up a van owned by rock-'n'-roll/bluegrass group The Outlaw Family Band. The six members rely on the van to get to all of their gigs, but it had steadily deteriorated ever since they bought it; by the time the Gemini got to it, it needed new brakes, bumpers, handles, and a sliding door. In just three days, the mechanics managed to turn it into virtually a brand-new vehicle -- and were rewarded with a surprise concert in thanks.

Is it any good?


NASCAR Angels lacks the suspense (and violent crashes) inherent in the sport's races, but more than makes up for that "lack" with its feel-good makeovers. Car buffs will want to tune in, as will parents looking for shows that the whole family can watch together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about race-car driving. Where did the sport originate? Is it really as dangerous as it looks? What kind of cars are used? What safety precautions are taken to make sure the drivers don't get hurt in crashes? How are racing cars different from regular ones? (For example, did you know that most race cars don't have real headlights? The heavy lights are replaced with decals.)

TV details

Cast:Rusty Wallace, Shannon Wiseman
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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