A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Don't listen to what anyone says about you. Follow your heart. Own your mistakes. Find friends among the people you share interests with. Strive to go far in life. Don't settle for less than what you want. Enjoy your life. Be yourself.
Positive Role Models
A female student has apparently had a romantic relationship with a teacher, which puts an iffy spin on what's appropriate for role models. The vice principal sets good structure for students, while being a lovable grump. Parents are somewhat active in their kids' lives, but high school is where the action is, and peers offer the most modeling -- for better or worse -- in this show.
The 1950s setting has been revisited to include people of different ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. The tension between "greasers" and high-achieving kids can run along color lines in this show, but there's far more diversity in this version of Grease than in others. LGBTQ+ identities are explored. Teen girls are shown to be ambitious (and sexual) beings who set boundaries and stand up for themselves. The show was created by a woman showrunner (Annabel Oakes), who's hired primarily women and men of color as writers and directors.
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Violence & Scariness
Peril, fist fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though sexual content is not explicit, sex is a major theme in this show. Expect necking, lewd gesturing, and taunts and teasing about a girl's reputation. A student is said to have had an affair with a teacher. Girls are called "sluts" and "whores." As in the movie, there are mooning gags where boys show their buttocks.
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Swearing isn't much of an issue, but words are used as taunts, such as "whore," "slut," "nymphomania," and "sex deviants."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink beer and hard alcohol. There is mention of "reefer."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is a musical comedy that serves as a prequel to the movie Grease. Also set in the 1950s at Rydell High School, the series explores issues of teen sex, reputation, identity, peer pressure, and self-expression. Jane Facciano (Marisa Davila) is a new student who teams up with three other girls to form a new gang. Sexual exploration is a theme, though nothing graphic is shown. There's lewd commentary about girls' behavior (girls get called "whore" and "slut"). Boys moon others as a gag, as in the movie. Dance numbers also have suggestive gestures, and teens drink and talk about smoking "reefer." Olivia Valdovinos (Cheyenne Isabel Wells) is a teen student who's alleged to have had an affair with a teacher. Though the show can be a little racy, the overriding messages revolve around empowerment, perseverance, and courage.
Is It Any Good?
Bouncy and clever, this prequel to Grease has got claws, and that's not a bad thing. In fact, in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, the claws are fabulous. This musical show set in the 1950s runs with the bad-girl theme that stands out in the original movie and gives issues of reputation and identity a thoughtful makeover.
Don't expect too much time to think, though. This fast-paced series speeds through musical numbers and pep rallies like greased lightning. Teens will want to devour it, and adults will be curious to see how a cultural phenomenon has been revamped. A fun, colorful romp with a little bite.
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