A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It’s about dog grooming, but a lot of attention is paid to how much people love dogs and the bond between humans and canines.
Positive Role Models
The human cast is racially and gender diverse, and they all love dogs.
Violence & Scariness
References to beloved dogs being stolen or dying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mild innuendo by the host that will go over most kids' heads.
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The word “bitch” is used, and plays on words like, "I know my Shitzu" are are audible.
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Products & Purchases
References to Vanderpump Rules.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pooch Perfect is a reality series hosted by Rebel Wilson in which dog groomers showcase their work (with the help of dog models, of course) for a chance to win a cash prize. The bond between dogs and humans is clearly highlighted, but it's hard to prove that all of the featured dogs enjoy the sometimes-extreme grooming experiences. Language includes the word "bitch," and there are some plays on words, like "I know my Shitzu." There isn't any violence, but you can expect some sad conversations about beloved dogs that died or that were stolen. Families' mileage will vary depending on whether they see this kind of grooming as over-the-top or just a bit of fun.
Is It Any Good?
This silly series, a spinoff of the Australian original, shows dog groomers shearing, shaving, and coloring dogs' fur, but their talents aren't quite enough to hold viewers' interest. It's clear that audiences are supposed to be tickled by watching contestants walk the runway with their four-legged models to impress the judges, but these moments border on the ridiculous thanks to the reactions of the audience, which consists of stuffed toy dogs and a few people dressed up as canine photographers.
Dog lovers might enjoy the wide-variety of puppers featured here, as well as some of the heartfelt stories the groomers have about their own beloved pets. But while the dogs seem happy, and are treated with affection, not all humans will appreciate what is being done to them. Despite Wilson's best efforts, the series doesn't succeed at elevating the competition into something that's worth investing in.
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