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Parents' Guide to

The Shop

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

LeBron James leads candid convos in a barbershop setting.

TV HBO Reality TV 2018
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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Eschewing a traditional talk show setup for the casual camaraderie of a barbershop sets the stage for more freewheeling and candid conversations, and you're likely to see a different side to the stars you may know only from their public image. Hearing a cast filled with black males of varying ages, and from various professions, weigh in on the commonality of their shared experiences with discrimination -- despite any perceived "superstar" status they may have -- makes for a powerful viewing experience. Jon Stewart appears in the debut episode as the resident elder comedy statesman, while LA Sparks basketball forward Candace Nelson discusses the societal (and self-imposed) pressures of being a working mom.

While the format of this show isn't exactly new (there have been at least two other reality-based shows that use the barbershop format), so far LeBron's The Shop shows the most potential to be an entertaining, funny, and sometimes poignant look at our culture and the personalities that are helping to shape it.

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