A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ultimately, the messages are positive - the show demonstrates how hard work and doing what you love can bring you success and happiness. Underneath the surface of the show, though, viewers can ask themselves if the couple is being exploited for their unusual size and if so, what kind of message that sends.
Positive Role Models
Steve and Katie are a nice, loving couple who tease each other playfully and live their lives doing some remarkable work in a difficult medium. When faced with ignorance or rude behavior, they respond with grace.
Rare mild language, like "crap." Plus rare bleeped words that are obscured.
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Products & Purchases
The couple's shop gets publicity from the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine can be seen on the table while the couple eats their anniversary dinner. Also, they do a job for a local brewery pairing chocolate-covered bar food with beers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mild reality show is about two married people who have the medical condition known as dwarfism; they're little people. While the show does present a wonderful opportunity to educate people about the condition, that's not really the point. And though the chocolate creations the couple produces are incredible -- the show clearly exists to provide folks an opportunity to see little people doing something unusual -- thankfully, it's tastefully handled.
Is It Any Good?
The good news is that the focus is on the chocolate, and the show does not take the "it's so amazing that little people can do something like this" attitude. If anything, Steve and Katie's size is almost incidental, at least in the telling of the story. Katie is an incredible artist and her creations (a chocolate boom box and records, for example) are beyond incredible.
But she and Steve are just another nice couple on a reality show, and the only thing unusual about them is their size. Which doesn't make for much of a show, unless you're really, really into chocolate.
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