Sexy Beasts

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Disguised-dating competition is contrived but sorta fun.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Beauty is only skin-deep ... maybe.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some can think beyond looks; others cannot.

Violence

Some beasts are scary-looking. Some arguing between contestants.

Sex

Dating and relationships are themes.  

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, wine) visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sexy Beasts is a dating competition that features singles in full character makeup to mask their physical appearances. There's lots of sexual innuendo, as well as some conflict between couples. Drinking (wine, beer, champagne) is frequent as many dates happen in bars. As with most dating shows, it's not meant for kids. 

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What's the story?

SEXY BEASTS features a group of singles who are looking but don't want to be influenced by a pretty face. Each episode begins with a contestant being set up with three people from which she or he hopes to find a match. The catch? All four are heavily made up to look like some sort of monstrous creature so their actual looks don't get in the way of the pair getting to know each other. (Think werewolf and swamp monster). After a speed-dating cycle, one person/beast is eliminated. After a longer date with the final two, a choice is made. But it's only after someone is eliminated or chosen that their real looks are revealed; whether or not the pair wants to go out on a third date after the big reveal is up to them. 

Is it any good?

This British-produced social experiment is an odd but heartfelt attempt to address the age-old question, "Do looks really matter?" It combines the general bungling that's typical of any blind date with the cast's strange and sometimes downright scary appearances. Adding to the awkwardness are the reactions they receive from bystanders when they're out in public on dates, which range from surprised to completely indifferent. 

As with any dating competition, some folks end up happily matched while others feel the sting of rejection. But the real winners are the makeup artists who fully succeed at creating complete and sophisticated transformations with face and body paint, prosthetics, and other elements. There's not a lot of romance here, but the overall viewing experience will elicit some laughs (and maybe a discussion of how we treat others based on looks). 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dating competition shows. Why do people appear on them? Do they really expect to find love? How do they handle being rejected so publicly on TV? 

  • Which messages do dating shows send about what's important in a relationship? Does this show challenge these messages? How? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: February 14, 2015
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

For kids who love reality romance

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