A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show revolves around dancers in a burlesque group that has a reputation for being highly sexualized, which could have an impact on young female viewers' self-image.
Positive Role Models
Considering the charged reality-TV milieu, the show (and the women) are actually pretty tame and civil. But the competitors (and the judges) are still very sexualized, which makes them iffy role models for teen girls.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexualized clothing and behavior, yes (and plenty of it). Actual sex, no.
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Words like "bitch" are unbleeped; stronger choices are censored.
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Products & Purchases
No surprise: Lots of mention of the Pussycat Dolls (the show essentially serves as a promotional vehicle for the band).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll / Girlicious is a reality show that revolves around scantily clad burlesque pop singers/dancers. For good and bad, the format mimics most competition/talent-based reality shows, down to the predictability. Also predictably, there's lots of skin on display (though other than that, the show is remarkably clean).
Is It Any Good?
With so many scantily clad contestants -- the teeniest, most flesh-baring ensembles are de rigueur for the group -- it would be easy to dismiss this as standard reality show fare: tasty but, ultimately, so light that it's not filling. And in many ways, it is low-cal -- think American Idol without the Simon Cowell-designed pressure chamber. But here's the surprise: The show is, surprisingly, very earnest. Watch the competitors sing a capella, perfecting every note. See them practice their dance moves patiently. Witness them cry when they think they've failed -- and be jubilant when they realize they've performed flawlessly.
For a show that's supposedly competitive, these wannabes seem like, well, pussycats. There's snippiness, but few catfights -- hardly any claws are bared. (The show might actually benefit if it had more of an edge. Then it wouldn't seem so much like sorority rush set to music.) Bottom line? Pussycat Dolls Present isn't groundbreaking, but it's passable. At times it's even interesting. Much like the Pussycat Dolls' music, it manages to please despite how trampy it seems. Still, to borrow from the Pussycats themselves, you're left wishing the show was hot like them. Unfortunately, it's just tepid.
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