Trick My Truck

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Big-rig rehab show has heart but falls flat.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Shows people working hard and doing what they enjoy. Teens who like working on cars or who are mechanically inclined may be inspired. Strong emphasis is placed on patriotism, hard work, importance of family, and faith. Vehicle thefts are staged and usually not too upsetting for the "victims."

Violence

Some truckers' stories involve illness or hardship, like one about a little girl with cancer.

Sex
Language

Occasional "hell."

Consumerism

Truck brands and some other car-oriented logos are visible in the background. Workers wear Dickies clothes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this car rehab show often highlights truck drivers' emotional life stories -- from personal health problems to having children with cancer to coping with being a war veteran. Stories don't get too detailed, but younger children may be disturbed by some of the accounts. Part of the show's conceit is that the group supposedly steals the trucks that they rehab, though the stealing is handled very lightheartedly. Patriotism and faith play a strong role in some episodes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bycmpeace July 22, 2010
I loved the show and miss it very much. My kids even loved it. I am a previous driver fixing to go back in that crazy world. But at the same time know how some... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah February 11, 2013

These guys are amazing!

How are these dudes able to take off the old parts of a truck and put on new parts without ruining the truck?! That's what makes this show amazing! If you... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 17, 2009
Great show!
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In TRICK MY TRUCK, a group of guys dubbed the Chrome Shop Mafia find big-rig drivers with compelling stories and overhaul their trucks. Sort of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the trucking set, the show focuses on helping drivers who are down on their luck or have a noble cause, customizing their rigs to fit their situation. In one episode, for example, a senior couple who drives across the country towing a replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial gets a complete rehab, from custom paint job to deluxe interior.

Is it any good?

Though Trick My Truck's crew has the familiar tattooed look of many car-rehab show "characters," this group has a decidedly different perspective than those on the other series (which are mostly based in Los Angeles). The Chrome Shop Mafia folks are patriotic, blue collar, and down to earth.

Unfortunately, their dialogue feels scripted and their delivery is lifeless, making for less-appealing characters than some of the other, more personality-driven shows. Some of the jokes included to lighten things up fall flat or just seem corny. But on the plus side, the show is only 30 minutes, which means the work goes fast and viewers get to see big changes without getting weighed down in the details.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of cars and trucks -- and shows that revolve around them. Why are some people so fascinated by trucks? How much money do you think it takes to fix up these trucks? Why do you think the crew pretends to steal the truck, rather than just announce to the owners what they're planning to do? Families can also discuss what it would be like to be a truck driver. What do you think would be fun -- or not so fun -- about it? What stereotypes are associated with truck drivers? Who's responsible for creating those associations? Does this show reinforce or undermine them?

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