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Picker Sisters

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Likeable ladies turn trash into treasure and sell it.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show celebrates the idea of re-use and upcycling, since the stars create new furniture and home decor pieces out of cast aside and forgotten pieces of "junk." The hosts' dream of owning their own home decor shop becomes a reality through their hard work.

Positive role models

Tracy and Tanya are good friends who model positive skills including compromise, teamwork, frugality, tenacity, and creativity. They also have a lot of fun together, and show that hard work can actually be a lot of fun.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Tracy and Tanya sometimes flirt a bit to make deals, and also use a flirty bossiness with their contractor. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The women drive a Mercedes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this peppy reality series raises very few red flags for younger viewers. Besides the occasional flirty comment from the two leads, the show is quite benign, though it might inspire kids to reuse household goods or bring home trash in an attempt to turn it into decor.

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What's the story?

In PICKER SISTERS designers Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen crisscross the United States with a trailer looking for pieces of industrial junk that they can turn into interior design treasures. After they find their materials, they drive them back to Los Angeles, where contractor Alan Luxmore follows the women's guidelines to make these finds into furniture, light fixtures, and other interior design goods that will then be sold in their pop-up home decor shop.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series promises a lot of fun for adult women, though its appeal for kids is less sure. However, craft- or carpentry-oriented kids will appreciate the creations that emerge from the "trash" finds. Designers Hutson and McQueen are very likable leads, although their enthusiasm and personas sometimes feel forced. They toggle between cheerily annoyed and jumping-up-and-down excited. Along the same lines, their contractor Alan Luxmore, who's responsible for realizing the women's visions, displays a showy, exaggerated frustration for the camera.

Overall, the show is a lot of fun and genuinely engaging. However, as the designers enter rural communities behind the wheel of an Mercedes SUV, there's a disparity between sister pickers and the small-town pickees that is very hard to ignore. This is why it's nice to see a few of the small town dealers surprise the women with their high price points and in-depth knowledge of the value of their "junk." They may be from the big city, but the sister pickers aren't the only ones with some sophistication.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about consumerism and class. Do you think that there's a problem with the women buying "junk" for a cheap price, and then selling it for a profit? Are they taking advantage of small town folks?

  • Do you think the women use their appearances to their advantage when making a deal? Do you think they'd get a better or worse deal if they were men? What if they were not attractive? Do you think that their appearance has anything to do with getting a reality show of their own?

TV details

Premiere date:August 2, 2011
Cast:Tanya McQueen, Tracy Hutson
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written bybollitos August 23, 2011

Junk collectors

I don't think they should be wearing shorts. I didn't care for it. I watched it because I like american pickers and I thought it would be similar. It was boring.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written bymomat September 7, 2011

I love it!

As far as the junk people being taken advantage of, they are happy that someone wants to buy it....There is not alot of people knocking down there doors to buy their junk.... It's cash in their hands and I bet they are tickled pink... If they want to make something out of it and sell it, then they would have done it already. The girls are funny! I think it's great t.v. Better than sex, violence and bad language.... Good clean show....
Parent Written bymmsandbox December 12, 2011

T&A for JUNK

I think that all this show is is a T&A Junk show. Show is a great idea but, please no T&A.

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