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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Goil Amornvivat, Margaret Russell (II), Kelly Wearstler
  • Summary: On the heels of "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" comes Bravo's latest talent competition, which pits a dozen aspiring interior designers against one another for a chance at a large cash prize.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Health & Lifestyle, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    The contestants are highly entertaining. [2 Feb 2007, p.116]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nobody said the creative process was pretty, but rarely has it made such electrifying TV.
  3. 75
    Top Design will make you not want to leave your TV room--no matter what it looks like. [5 Feb 2007, p.37]
  4. [It] is a bit too slavish in its imitation of the "Runway'' formula, but in its opening episode, it shows signs of real promise.
  5. "Top Design"... comes closer to capturing "Runway's" singular appeal than "Top Chef" ever did... Yet with each scan of the "Project Runway" blueprint, a little more of the original's crispness and clarity gets lost.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    There are problems to work out; none of the cast really pops in the first episode, and I wish they hadn't given the competitors the help of a carpenter, which loses the hands-on, who-stole-my-glue-gun drama of Runway. But the show has good bones. There's nothing wrong with it a little furniture rearrangement wouldn't fix.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    "Top Design" is so derivative of "Project Runway," from the setup to the structure of the judging, that it's impossible not to make a point-by-point comparison, with the new show falling short on every level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. EganM
    Feb 12, 2007
    This is the most creative, intelligent, and fun-to-watch reality show I have ever seen. I really loved the first two episodes and am eagerly awaiting the third! Expand
  2. alanw
    Mar 28, 2007
    My 9 is based upon the comparison of other shows that attempt to focus on "interior design". I think you guys are overlooking the most fundamental point this show is attempting to convey: good design can "come together" while great design requires concentration, planning, innovation, purpose and connection to the individual who is to experience the design. Rather than critique the bad hair of the judges or the cardboard-like quality of the host, consider *what is being said* about Interior Design on the show. Good interior design requires a strong foundation in understanding multiple conditions of the built environment, how people interact (knowingly or not) with the built environmnt and how to use a visual vocabulary to change that environment to facilitate the intended experience. One can not do this simply "with style" - as made evident by the early dismissals. Design requires analysis, ingenuity and then retrospection. I had severe doubts watching the first few episodes (shows like this oftentimes paints interior design as trite and frivilous), but guess what, the judges dismissed the most unqualified individuals first and the crits are continually narrowing the focus upon merging statement (ie, concept) with function. Expand
  3. HollieB
    Mar 8, 2007
    This show is verry cool. I have gotten some good ideas and combined them with mine and thay have turned out great.I would love to have the funding to build some of the stuff this sow does. Expand
  4. domor
    Feb 1, 2007
    What a horrible show. It's like Project Runway meets Top Chef meets "Hey, Judy, let's put on a show!" Not only is Todd Oldham a stiff board of a host, but the fact that Alexis Arquette as the mystery guest screams "drag queens will only watch this show", the stiffness of the production and the sad, sad commentary of the judges...gosh, darn it, it was so damn pedestrian. It should have been titled "Top Design Window Display" because that's all the talent this show showed. Really, really dreadful. Sorry, but I think I'll not watch from now on. Cough cough. I think I just spit up mothballs. Expand
  5. PhilK
    Feb 15, 2007
    I am surprised that following the successful formula of Project Runway and Top Chef, Bravo was unable to make Top Design work. But they failed miserably. While it is too early to tell if the contestants will show any endearing qualities, it is clear that the host and the judges have none. Apparently Todd Oldham got the job based on his name, and did not have to do a reading. Or, the producers were asleep at the wheel. He is so stiff as to be painful to watch. Expand
  6. margaretb
    Mar 23, 2007
    Your judges have no involvement, I love project runway and top chef, please bring them back.i hate the line ,see you later decorators, the show has no interaction between contestents,and it all seems unnatural.i watch it because it is on bravo, but am not looking forward to the hairdresser show. Expand
  7. SandraD
    Jul 13, 2007
    I give it a 1 only for the cringe factor involved which drew me to watch it each week. This show was horrible. "See ya later, Decorator"??? I mean, get me a stretcher!! Absolutely the worst send-away every. Todd O. was a horrible host or whatever he was (Tim Gunn character). Mild, meek, lame, sad "love me please" expression and tone of voice. Plus, horrible advice and critiques from him. Judges: all horrible and no personality. Contestants: same-- horrible and lacking personality and interaction. They also lacked decorating skills. I couldn't believe the level of design they were turning out. I could have done it better and I'm not kidding. My kid could have done it better. Each week I'd watch and alternately cringe and crack up at how horrible the rooms were they'd set up. Hideous. Boring, lacking interest, color, style, etc. It just inspired me to create my own show Expand

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