Threadbanger: Do or DIY

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat couple tries DIY projects with mixed results.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sure, they might moan and groan their way through a project, but they definitely persevere.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both hosts are committed to completing projects. 

Violence
Sex

Some brief, off-color references to things like "balls" and masturbation.

Language

The word "ass" is used a lot in various permutations (someone is called an "asshat," a day is described as being "long-ass"). Other expletives include "hell" and "son of a bitch" -- the "F" word and variations of it are bleeped.

Consumerism

Since the show is all about learning to make things yourself, the focus really isn't on consumerism (unless you count buying supplies for projects).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some jokey references to drugs and alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Do or DIY is a how-to series created and hosted by the folks behind the popular YouTube channel Threadbanger. Unlike the rest of their videos, this is hosted on the subscription-only YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube RED) platform. The hosts are a sarcastic husband-and-wife team who trade jokey insults while trying to create ambitious craft and cooking projects. There are occasional off-color references (sex, drugs) and some raunchy language, though stronger swear words are bleeped. Some of their techniques don't seem particularly safe (baking a cake using a welding torch? probably not their brightest idea) and aren't the kind of thing you'd want younger kids emulating or taking at face value.

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What's the story?

DO OR DIY is a YouTube Premium series from longtime Threadbanger hosts (and real-life married couple) Rob Czar and Corrine Leigh. The content doesn't seem to differ very much from what's on their regular channel, where the couple takes their best shot at making trendy crafting and cooking projects from Pinterest, Instagram, and the like. In the debut episode, they attempt to bake a gigantic birthday cake for Corrine's grandmother, with decidedly mixed results.

Is it any good?

If social media is to be believed, nearly anyone can make a swoon-worthy plate of avocado toast or a batch of galaxy slime that would be the envy of any middle schooler. It's nice that there's a show that's rougher around the edges, and shows that things don't always turn out perfectly. Some of the tactics Rob and Corrine take, though, seem intentionally foolish, but it can be fun cringe-watching as they flub their way through a project on their path to figuring it out. There's not much to distinguish Do or DIY from Threadbanger's other content, however, which may make audiences question why they'd want to pay extra for it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Rob and Corrine approach a project in Threadbanger: Do or DIY. What role does experimentation play in figuring out how to make something?

  • Rob and Corrine make a lot of blunders when they're DIY-ing and aren't afraid to show it. What's the appeal of this, here and in other shows that highlight baking and crafting "fails"?

TV details

For kids who love DIY projects

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