Parents' Guide to

Rip the Runway

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hip hop and fashion strut, with mixed results.

TV BET Reality TV 2007
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Despite the show's low production values and amateur hosting, the runway segments can be quite entertaining to watch, especially for those with an interest in the industry. But on the downside, product placement is ridiculously blatant. While viewers might forgive some clothing-hawking during a fashion show (the hosts interview the designers after each segment and ask where their clothes are sold), the backstage mini-segments are really mini-advertisements. A host appears with a microphone -- as if to gather a group of models and industry types from amid the bustling scene -- and engages people in conversation about how fabulous Trident gum is, or how nicely Hanes T-shirts fit.

All in all, Rip the Runway is a mixed bag. The fashion and music are lots of fun, and teens interested in design and hip hop might enjoy dipping in and out of the show, especially since ultra-popular designer/rappers make appearances. Parents might be able to use the show as an opportunity to reinforce critical thinking skills as they relate to media -- and especially advertising.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 14, 2007
  • Network: BET
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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