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Plain Jane

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Makeover show focuses on helping "plain" girls get a man.

TV CW Reality TV 2010
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There's a point in an early episode of Plain Jane that reminds you -- quite literally -- just how far reality producers are willing to go to shock viewers these days. Because, apparently, they think it's perfectly fine to wrap a device around a woman's arm that gives her a low-level jolt every time she screws up while she's trying to flirt with men at a dog park. Too boring? Buzz. Too snippy? Buzz. Talking too long to a guy who just told you he's gay? Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. Buzzzzzz!

Enduring borderline-degrading treatment like that makes a lady look pretty desperate, to say nothing of the show's iffy messages when it comes to snagging a man in the first place. (A little stalking seems to be necessary, as are good posture, big hair, and a flirty dress.) Sure, self-confidence can give a pretty woman the edge. But Plain Jane does little to prepare her for the possibility that it might have been the only thing she lacked.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 28, 2010
  • Cast: Louise Roe
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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