Paralleling the changing face of television, shows about body modification are becoming increasingly popular. It seems little wonder then, that Lifetime’s own entry has just aired for a second season, and looks set to be renewed for a third next year. Lifetime’s latest documentary series, Atlanta Plastic, follows the daily work lives of three of the top African American surgeons operating out of the titular city, as well as the patients who want to go under the knife to enhance their looks. The three superstars of the show – Dr Aisha McKnight-Baron, Dr Wright Jones and Dr Marcus Crawford perform all manner of surgeries on clients both rich and poor, including facelifts, liposuction, tummy tucks and breast enlargement. The main difference between #AP and other shows about body modification is that Lifetime’s offering seeks to focus on ethnic minorities, and raises keen social questions about the differing standards of beauty among various races.
The format of each hour-long episode of the show (which debuted in July 2015) is simple but effective. Each doctor is visited by one patient to begin a consultation for their desired – and often bizarre – augmentation. Like Annie, who surprises Dr Crawford when she comes in looking for a tummy tuck rather than a breast reduction, even though she holds the world record for the largest breasts at 102ZZ! Or Tina from crossover series Bring It! who demands an almost endless list of alterations from the bemused Dr Baron. Before the surgeries go ahead, the doctors speak with the camera offering their private and candid opinions on the augmentations they will be performing. At the end of each episode, we get a glimpse of the person after their surgery has been completed, and an idea of how they feel about it.
Between them, the surgeons have a wealth of experience. Dr Crawford is a Morehouse College graduate and owned Crawford Plastic Surgery for over seven years. He works with the talented Dr Baron, who received a medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Jones owns a practice opposite Lenox Square Mall and has had residencies at both Grady Hospital and Emory University. Although #AP focuses on the ethnic elements of plastic surgery and nearly all of their patients are in minority groups, the doctors were adamant that they don’t reject Caucasian clients or have any issues with race. Dr Jones explained he didn’t want to be “pigeonholed as a black surgeon” and that he just wanted to be known “as a great surgeon who happens to be black.”
So how popular is AP and how likely is a third season? Well the second season attracted a high of 930,000 viewers, with a 0.38 demo rating. Although that isn’t the best viewership numbers for a cable network that has over 43 million people tuning in daily, the fact that it appeals to minorities make it a very unique and appealing show that has little in the way of competition. Add to this the fact that whilst it only got a 6.2 rating on IMDB, on Amazon Instant video (the on-demand content streaming service) it currently has a rating of five stars, it is very likely the show will return for a third outing in 2017.
There are currently no Blu-ray or DVD versions available of #AtlantaPlastics to buy, but if you wish to watch the show online, you can do so via Amazon Instant Video…although you’ll need a prime membership to the sire to do so. You may also be able to catch reruns of the show on Lifetime’s channel, which is Sky: 156, Virgin: 208/209, BT: 329, or TalkTalk: 329.
Were there any surgeries performed you couldn’t bare to watch? Do you think that they will mix the format up next season or keep the tried and tested formula? Do you have any surgery stories that you think would be funny or uplifting (pun intended) to share?
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