A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show's focus is on turning negative feelings about yourself into positive ones, many of the "problems" are superficial (related to one's outer appearance). At the end of each episode, the featured woman reveals her new self ... but she's obviously been coiffed and styled by a staff of professionals.
Positive Role Models
The host encourages women to recognize their assets and ditch emotional baggage that's been holding them back. The women themselves can be inspiring, too, particularly when they move past their negative feelings about themselves.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women often talk about a desire to feel "sexy." In at least one case, a woman wishes she were able to have sex with the lights on.
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In general, fairly tame. Audible words include "damn," "crap," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Most solutions include some type of product endorsement, whether it's a specific good or service (such as Dark Circle Defense by Tarte or the cosmetic concealer Dermablend) or an individual and/or business that offers such services (such as interior designer Adam Hunter or the Pampered People day spa).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some women might mention drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this makeover show is targeting adult women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, but that doesn't mean that teenage girls won't want to watch. If they do, moms and dads should be aware that a few of the "problems" the featured women mention are superficial, and others aren't age-appropriate for younger teens -- including one woman's inability to have sex with the lights on. That said, other problems (and their subsequent solutions) impart universally positive messages for women of all ages (such as one woman's realization that she should be more assertive when dealing with her male boss instead of constantly apologizing for her perceived flaws). Expect some heavy-handed commercialism in the form of product endorsements and subtle advertising of "experts" who make a living by selling their services.
Is It Any Good?
This makeover show mash-up gets points for spotlighting a broad spectrum of things in a woman's life that might need "fixing," instead of simply focusing on appearances and giving her a new haircut, a new wardrobe, and a lesson about the transformative powers of cosmetics.
But trying to fix 10 things in a one-hour episode comes off as overly ambitious ... particularly when some of the problems -- such as emotionally complex body image issues -- can hardly be dealt with in a matter of minutes. Having the featured women choose five things they'd like to change about themselves instead of 10 would have produced a show with far more meaningful take aways.
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