Sexy Beasts

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Dating show with masks still ends up superficial.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about being true to oneself and connecting with others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Participants show mix of positive and negative qualities, and show seems to poke a little fun at their shallowness and superficiality. In some episodes, participants exhibit humility, compassion, honesty. Sexy Beasts contends to be about people being attracted to one another based on something other than looks, yet the show often points out how physically attractive participants are.

Violence
Sex

It's a dating show, but sexual content is relatively toned down compared to most reality shows. Participants talk a lot about physical attraction and each other's bodies but only occasionally talk explicitly about sex. Male backside nudity is featured in one episode.

Language

Some profanity is used throughout: "ass," "s--t," "butthole," etc. "Fuck" is occasionally used but bleeped out.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol plays a part in every date. Some talk about alcohol being used to loosen people up. No drug use or smoking are shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sexy Beasts is a dating show in which participants wear heavy prosthetics so that they appear as animals or other creatures when meeting their dates. Despite pretending not to, the series places a lot of emphasis on physical appearance. The sexual content is relatively toned-down compared to that of most reality shows. Participants talk a lot about physical attraction and each other's bodies but only occasionally talk explicitly about sex. Alcohol is a part of every date on the show. The prosthetics are elaborate and a lot of fun, but otherwise Sexy Beasts is a fairly typical dating game show.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bydoppler_affect July 30, 2021

it’s pretty good

it’s fine for kids 12+, there is swearing but it’s mostly bleeped, a man back side is shown (only butt) for maybe 10 seconds, topics or sex it discussed. there’... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 July 24, 2021
This movie is horrible!

What's the story?

SEXY BEASTS is a dating show where participants don't get to see each other's faces until the end. The twist is that's because they're all wearing elaborate prosthetic masks that give them the appearance of wild animals and mythical creatures. Each episode's main contestant speed-dates three potential love interests, chooses two for romantic excursions, and narrows it down to one beast with whom to walk off into the sunset.

Is it any good?

There's a long history of dating shows that aspire to make real love connections based on something other than looks, and this show's elaborate prosthetic makeup is a fun twist on the genre. In Sexy Beasts, it's pretty entertaining to watch, for example, an alien and a panda flirt while throwing axes. But the show also consistently undermines its own premise by placing a ton of attention on participants' physical appearance, exclusively casting extremely attractive people and editing the show in a way that often pokes fun at the contestants' superficial tendencies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why they think these participants want to date on television. What do you think is the difference between getting to know someone on camera and off? How well do you feel like you're getting to know the participants' real personalities?

  • Why does the show have participants wear prosthetics? How does it deal with physical attraction versus emotional or intellectual attraction? What do the contestants seem to want out of their dates?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 21, 2021
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: August 3, 2021

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