Trick It Out

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Fun-filled reality show for tween car enthusiasts.

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Positive Messages

Each team must work well together and be patient and trust each other in order to win.


Mild: "big ass," "what the hell," "bat out of hell," etc.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the two teams in each episode are determined to win, in the end, everyone is a good sport. The tuners' tough exteriors -- many are pierced and covered in tattoos -- belie their professionalism.

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What's the story?

Automobile lovers will want to tune in to TRICK IT OUT, in which teams of professional detailers are given 14 days and $15,000 to turn a beat-up clunker into a work of art. Viewers get an inside look at each day of the competition as two teams of tuners tackle everything from the automobile's interior -- changing seat coverings and infrastructure -- to the exterior, replacing run-of-the-mill doors and roofs with detailed and artistic substitutes. In one episode, for example, the winning team -- chosen by a panel of experts including R.J. de Vera, one of America's top tuners -- transformed a beat-up buggy into a sleek, black Batmobile.

Is it any good?

Although Trick it Out will appeal primarily to car lovers, even those who don't harbor an interest will find much to enjoy. It's entertaining to see the teams effortlessly transform their cars and to get a glimpse at how their creative process works. Like all reality shows, the end of each episode -- when the winning team is chosen and given their car to take home -- entails a great deal of suspense.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about careers. How can you parlay a hobby into a successful career? How can kids develop a skill that will benefit them in the working world?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 26, 2005
  • Cast: R.J. de Vera
  • Network: MTV2
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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