Trick My What?

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Heartfelt series rewards hard workers; some stereotyping.

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Positive Messages

The show pays homage to blue-collar workers by showing the hard work they do and rewarding them with a enhanced machine that will help them run their businesses. These efforts are presented from a stereotypical male point of view.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Schneider and the guys respect the people they meet and the work they do. The cast and featured business owners are exclusively male.

Violence

Big power tools are used to enhance big machines, and the injuries that can result from using them (including death) are sometimes discussed. Safety gear is always used. The guys engage in some crazy horseplay, but no one gets hurt.

Sex
Language

Very occasional curse words (like "s--t") are bleeped.

Consumerism

The series features the logos, contact information, and staff of the Lonestar Speed Shop, Debonair FX airbrushing, and other local commercial businesses. Vehicles like Tigercat tractors and Chevy trucks are also prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this docuseries highlights the important and hard work that some blue collar workers are doing. It's pretty mild, but contains the occasional bleeped curse word and references to serious injuries (including death) at the work place. Local Texas auto mechanic businesses, and various vehicle companies like Ford Motor Company and Tigercat, are heavily promoted. It also sends stereotypical messages about the role of men and (lack of) women in blue collar jobs.

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What's the story?

In TRICK MY WHAT? actor John Schneider travels around America to meet the country's blue collar heroes and learn how to do their jobs. The host surprises loggers, brick layers, farmers, shrimpers, and other hard working folks at their job sites and takes machines like vintage tractors, shrimp boats, and logging skidders to the Lonestar Speed Shop in Texas, where Chance, Sparxx, Big Mike, and Nelly give it larger-than-life upgrade. While the team works on it, Schneider returns to the job site to gain some first-hand insight into the work and financial realities that these folks face every day.

Is it any good?

The good-natured series showcases people who are working hard to keep their businesses running during tough economic times. It also shows the kind of engineering and artistry that goes into enhancing the different machines they are working on.

The stories presented here are heartfelt and entertaining, but they also present a stereotypical look at blue collar industries by failing to feature women who also engage in these kinds of labor-intensive jobs. This aside, it sends positive messages about hard work and generosity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between blue collar and white collar jobs. Where did these distinctions come from, and why? How does the media present these distinctions? What are some of the stereotypes associated with these categories?

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