Parents' Guide to

Planet of the Apps

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Aspiring app makers seek celeb help in dull reality show.

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Apple is a titan of tech, and they've long been lauded for their forward thinking and beautiful aesthetics -- unfortunately, neither is on display in their inaugural TV show. The best gimmick they have is the corny "escalator pitch", and watching the developers descend from it while begging for cash inspires more secondhand embarrassment than anything. There's a strange filming conceit used here as well, where instead of just focusing on the journey of these entrepreneurs and making sure that's interesting to the viewer, we're treated to "behind the scenes" fluff like a soundstage bell ringing and shots of the camera operators working between scenes. It's an odd choice that doesn't add much.

The real missed opportunity is that Planet of the Apps fails to let viewers know who these app developers are as human beings. Good reality shows know we need some back story, we need to learn more about these people -- What drives them? What inspires them? Here, we've been given a competition without anyone to really root for.

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