A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn about the history of pottery and various techniques.
Contestants demonstrate skill and technique. The competition is friendly.
Positive Role Models
The show's participants come from various educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds but all have one thing in common: a passion for pottery. There's a good mix of genders on the show as well. The male judge occasionally breaks into happy tears at the sight of the contestants' projects -- it's very warm, and nice to see an otherwise gruff-looking man expressing these emotions onscreen.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few references to the "sensuality" of working with clay, some suggestive hand movements while working to create a mug handle. A project is referred to as "vaginal." These references are mild and most likely to go over little kids' heads.
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Products & Purchases
It's a competition show with a cash prize.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Great Pottery Showdown is a warm, family-friendly competition show in the mold of The Great British Baking Show. It's very British, in that the contestants are uniformly very polite and positive -- there's none of the backstabbing drama that typifies certain American reality shows. There are a few cheeky jokes about the sensuality of working with clay, and an episode where one of the home potters cracks wise about a fellow contestant's project looking "vaginal," but it's fairly innocent and not an ongoing innuendo-fest.
Is It Any Good?
If you're into reality shows that focus on creativity rather than cutthroat competition, this mellow series is a great choice for a comfort-binge. The Great Pottery Throw Down does a bang-up job teaching the average viewer -- who may not know a kiln from a crumb cake -- the ins and outs of handling clay and the history of the artform without being so dry as to feel like a lecture. While many viewers watching a baking show could follow a recipe and make a cake without major incident, not everyone has access to pottery wheels, clay, a rainbow of glazes, and a 2381-degree Fahrenheit kiln. It's a very niche genre of making, and the artfulness and talent on display by these home potters make for an engaging and unpredictable show.
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