Tool Academy

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 4.3  (382)

Tool Academy was a reality TV show that premiered on Channel 4 in 2009. The show's premise was simple - to transform ten clueless, self-centered and often downright unpleasant men into decent boyfriends. Jordan Murphy, Trina Dolenz, and Terry Shaw served as the show's hosts and were tasked with helping the 'tools' learn how to treat women with love, respect, and sincerity.

The show begins with the arrival of the ten contestants, all of whom think that they are participating in a competition to become 'Britain's Ultimate Lad.' However, once they arrive, they are quickly informed that this isn't what the show is about. Instead, they are facing a much more challenging task - to learn how to treat their girlfriends right.

The initial reaction of some of the contestants is one of disbelief, but they soon realize that their girlfriends have nominated them for the show in the hope of changing their ways. Throughout the episodes, the 'tools' are put through their paces to help them understand what their girlfriends need from them. They are given a series of challenges meant to teach them how to be more caring, sensitive, and loving partners.

The first episode starts with the contestants getting insulted, and it soon becomes clear that they are not ready for the challenge ahead. The hosts' main priority is to put them in situations where they have to support their partners, communicate meaningfully with them, and make them feel good about themselves. Some of the challenges include cooking their girlfriends dinner, helping them to relax and taking them on romantic dates.

As the weeks go by, the men begin to make progress, slowly becoming more considerate towards their partners. They are taught to listen better, share more, and to be more empathetic. While there is some resistance, and many slip-ups, they eventually learn to show their partners the love and respect they deserve.

However, Tool Academy isn't just about teaching the men how to treat their girlfriends right. There is also plenty of drama, both between the contestants and the girlfriends, and between the contestants themselves. The show is peppered with explosive arguments and emotional outbursts, which makes for some very entertaining TV.

Each episode ends with the 'Tool Test,' where the contestants have to demonstrate what they have learned. The tests can vary from putting together a surprise party for their partner to passing on some new relationship advice to strangers on the street. The winner of each test gains immunity while the loser is up for elimination.

The final episode sees the remaining contestants taking their girlfriends on an all-expenses-paid luxury holiday. The couples have to put all their newfound relationship skills into practice on this trip, and the winner is chosen based on how well they do. The final prize is a romantic holiday for two in the Maldives.

The show's hosts, Jordan, Trina, and Terry, play a vital role in helping the contestants learn valuable lessons about what it means to be in a loving and caring relationship. They are patient, compassionate, and firm when they need to be, but always steer the contestants towards better behavior.

Overall, Tool Academy is an entertaining and engaging show that manages to be both funny and heartfelt. The contestants are sometimes hard to root for, but watching them transform and become better partners is ultimately satisfying. If you're a fan of reality TV and enjoy watching people change for the better, Tool Academy is definitely worth a watch.

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Series 2 Episode 5
5. Series 2 Episode 5
November 29, 2011
This show gets intimate as the Tools reveal and act out the nitty gritty of their sex lives for their lesson in affection with sexpert Rachel Morris.
Series 2 Episode 4
4. Series 2 Episode 4
November 22, 2011
After three long weeks in the Academy, the guys decide to brand themselves Tools for life with an original Tool Academy tattoo.
Series 2 Episode 3
3. Series 2 Episode 3
November 15, 2011
This edition of Tool Academy is all about communication. The Tools get the chance to confess their sins when they undergo a nerve-wracking interrogation test, and their shocking revelations put their relationships on the line.
Series 2 Episode 2
2. Series 2 Episode 2
November 8, 2011
After the shock revelation that they aren't fighting for the fictitious title of King of Men, but have actually been enlisted into the Tool Academy, the lads are searching for answers.
Series 2 Episode 1
1. Series 2 Episode 1
November 1, 2011
Twelve of the worst boyfriends in the country are tricked into competing for the title King of Men.
  • Premiere Date
    November 1, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    4.3  (382)