A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While Coffey's comments are wickedly sharp, they're intended to help. Salon owners and stylists are both male and female and are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. Some of the stylists are gay.
Positive Role Models
Tabatha is a straightforward businessperson and her critiques can be harsh, but helpful. She's an example of a strong, successful woman who knows her business well.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to having "sexy hair."
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Audible language includes words like "ass" stronger words, like "s--t" and "f--k," are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Specific New York and Los Angeles salons are featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows edgy, abrasive former Shear Genius contestant Tabatha Coffey as she temporarily takes over struggling beauty salons -- is a bit tamer than other similar shows. Coffey's comments are a bit on the harsh side, there's some salty language (though the strongest words are bleeped), and there are references to adult-oriented issues like divorce, but there's very little in the way of sexual or alcohol/smoking-related content. That said, teens may not be particularly interested.
Is It Any Good?
The show is more interesting than entertaining, although it does offer a few dramatic moments when Coffey's biting observations cause salon owners and stylists to break down crying. But while Coffey's razor-sharp, no-holds-barred communication style often seems cold and intolerant (in one scene she remarks that a salon owner "has a stick up her ass"), they're really not intended to be mean. The fact is that she's offering genuine marketing strategies and mentorship to those who clearly need it. She also has some interesting insights about the details that can make or break the success of a high-end salon and/or spa in the competitive beauty industry.
While Tabatha Takes Over is fairly mild compared to other reality shows, Coffey's communication style isn't really ideal for young viewers. The series also deals with adult-oriented topics like and bankruptcy. All in all, there really isn't much here for kids, but teens thinking of going into the beauty industry and fans of beauty and fashion-oriented reality shows in general may find it engaging.
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