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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Overall, the show is about surprising someone with a gift of a rehabbed car, emphasizing the value of good design and hard work. But the method entails faking a theft and tricking the owner, and the crew is mostly male and Caucasian.
Violence & Scariness
Fake auto theft.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild jokes -- like "that's one nice rear end!" -- when talking about a car's bumper.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of car-related brands appear in the background and are discussed and emphasized onscreen -- Ford, 3M, Armorall, BF Goodrich, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this surprise car-renovation show is based on a somewhat iffy premise. With the permission of family members, the crew pretends to steal the featured vehicle and follows up with pranks throughout the week while they work on it. While the owners are understandably upset initially (and it's hard to watch them experience the fake theft), they're always happy to get their updated vehicles in the end. Overall, the pranksters take a gentle approach and don't milk the joke too intensely. Lots of automotive brands are featured, along with major car fetishism.
Is It Any Good?
At 60 minutes, the episodes feel a little bit long. While viewers see a lot of work being accomplished, there's not enough variety or detail to keep it interesting, despite the camera's frequent jump cuts and the hosts' high-pitched enthusiasm. Kids with a particular interest in cars -- especially body work and design -- will find some good stuff here. But everyone else might find rehab shows with more flash or personality more to their liking.
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