Hair show is fun, if not quite cutting edge.

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There's competition between the stylists and a few snarky comments from the judges, but in the end the show sends the messages that hard work often pays off and success takes patience.

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Style and fashion are key themes.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this style-centric reality show pits small-town hairstylists against top industry names to see who can create the better look. Viewers who've watched shows like American Idol and The Amazing Race -- in which competitors duke it out on a level playing field and underdogs often succeed -- may find it a little disconcerting when the "stars" win out. Young viewers raised with a "you can achieve anything" mentality might end up feeling a little disappointed/confused. But compared to a lot of competition reality shows, this one's pretty tame, with no salty language to speak of and little of the beefed-up conflict that's become a reality hallmark.

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What's the story?

In TEASE, up-and-coming hairstylists take on seasoned pros as they compete to create the better 'do. Dancing with the Stars' Lisa Rinna hosts the series, which takes place on stage before an audience and a panel of judges that includes supermodel Roshumba, celebrity stylist Peter Ishkhans, and beauty super-agent Frank Moore. In the first round of competition, two small-town hairdressers handle the tresses of live models and have 45 minutes to create a new look using dye, extensions, and scissors. The winner of that challenge moves on to the final round, where he or she competes against one of the following big-name stylists: Clyde Haygood, Stephanie Hobgood, and Kim Vo. Each episode also features house stylist (and former Survivor contestant) Coby Acha giving audience members makeovers and 30-second style tips for viewers.

Is it any good?


Tease feels a lot like American Idol -- at least during the first segment, in which the judges observe, evaluate, and comment on the small-town stylists' talent. Some remarks can be (pun intended) a bit cutting (in one episode, when a particularly zealous stylist tensely worked her model's hair, one judge reminded her that she had "45 minutes, not 45 seconds" to complete her task), but overall they're generally not as mean-spirited as Simon Cowell & Co. The second segment, however, falls flat; while it's exciting to see a "little guy" take on a pro, if you're rooting for the underdog, it can be a bit of a letdown when the pro comes out on top.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how people hone their craft. How do you get good at something, whether it's a profession, hobby, or sport? What's the difference between being good at something and turning it into a successful career? Why is a good work ethic so important? Are some industries/professions more of a meritocracy than others? What makes this show different from other reality competition series?

TV details

Cast:Coby Archa, Lisa Rinna
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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