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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 15, 2010
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  • Summary: Tom Stroup, Kym Whitley, Jacob Soboroff, and Susie Castillo work together with volunteers to help renovate and transform some public schools across America.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Health & Lifestyle, Game Show, Events & Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. A well-timed small-screen counterpart to Waiting for "Superman," Pride is essentially Extreme Makeover: School Edition. But whereas "Superman" digs into the systemic failures of public education, this feel-good hour focuses primarily on the cosmetic.
  2. 63
    Maybe School Pride doesn't have the drama of a single sob story, but by the end of the pilot you'll feel both ashamed and inspired. This is what it looks like to volunteer, and there's no reason why you can't do something. Go team!
  3. It's a noble goal and one hopes that after viewing School Pride, volunteers spring up, committees form and checks are written. Because to merely watch the show and wallow in its many throat-tightening moments would be to remain a voyeur, and then you're just part of the problem.
  4. 40
    Every scene in School Pride feels like the seventh or 10th take and too contrived, even by the low standards of reality TV....I will say that School Pride seems less manipulative and showy than its forebears.
  5. 40
    If you don't have a taste for tears and cheers and group hugs, a lot of time in School Pride is actually spent watching paint dry.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Soboroff seems positively amazed in the premiere when he lands an interview with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, asking who and what was responsible for the school's dilapidated condition. The not-exactly-press-shy governor rattled off a laundry list of factors: "Labor, special interests, a lack of parent participation, a lack of funding. Clearly, I would say government." Hey, his term's almost up. Let's give him a show. Maybe that will at least have more substance to it.
  7. So give School Pride an A for good intentions, a D for research into what ails public schools and an F for deliberately concealing the fact that it took the network and its sponsors--and not some empowered community--to revitalize a school.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Nov 20, 2010
    3
    I watched school pride for the first time last night. Feel good hour? I cringed most of the time. Instead of bringing the community togetherI watched school pride for the first time last night. Feel good hour? I cringed most of the time. Instead of bringing the community together to confront real challenges that have existed at a local school for decades, I felt the show's host created a greater divide and effectively turned a positive into a negative. I was hoping for an inspirational show like Extreme Home Makeover, but was extremely disappointed. My opinion: Where Extreme Home Makeover appears to use sponsors to accomplish its goals and improve people's lives, School Pride seems to use people to accomplish an unknown agenda. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    1
    I had seen a trailer for this show before it aired and thought it was a good idea, and it is a good idea. Rebuilding schools is always a goodI had seen a trailer for this show before it aired and thought it was a good idea, and it is a good idea. Rebuilding schools is always a good idea, however this show does the impossible and ruins this idea. Between the coached kids, the seriously disingenuous " team" of builders and designers, I can't believe they have the ability to make an act of charity seem overproduced. I was expecting extreme home makeover and got an SNL parody of extreme home makeover. It's a joke. Expand

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