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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 30 Days With: Why Don’t We is a YouTube docuseries that serves as a promotional vehicle for the boy band, Why Don’t We (WDW) and their 2021 album The Good Times and the Bad Ones. It’s overall positive and lighthearted, but there are a few serious discussions about a sick parent or family concerns. There’s some occasional strong language as well ("bitch") and alcohol (champagne, cocktails) is visible. Note that the WDW YouTube channel provides access to the band’s virtual store, where the album and other merchandise is available for purchase.
What's the story?
30 DAYS WITH: WHY DON’T WE is a four-part YouTube Original documentary series that follows the boy band, Why Don’t We (a.k.a. WDW), as they go through the last stages of preparation before releasing their second album. The series features Zach Herron, Jack Avery, Daniel Seavey, Corbyn Besson, and Jonah Marais fine tuning the singles they plan to release, shooting a music video, and honing the other details necessary to successfully launch their new album, The Good Times and the Bad Ones.
Lots of fun and creative moments are featured, but the group is also worried about how audiences will receive their new music, which they believe is a truer and more authentic representation of who they are and better reflects their lived experiences. Meanwhile, they also have to find ways to promote their album in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout it all, home videos and photographs of the band members in their early years, along with interviews and conversations they have with their families, are also featured. The group loves what they do, but they’re working hard in hopes that one of their tracks will be the breakout song they need to move into the mainstream pop music scene.
Is it any good?
This easygoing series features Why Don’t We as they rehearse, prepare for video shoots, and participate in online marketing campaigns designed to help promote their new album. The group members, all of whom are extremely likable, share their thoughts about the work that went into the new album, which they wrote and produced themselves. They also discuss some of the hopes they have for the band’s overall success in the industry.
It’s lighthearted and positive, but 30 Days With: Why Don’t We is an obvious promotional vehicle for the group. It even features footage of the group’s pre-recorded appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show to help promote their album. If you’re a WDW fan, or if you’re just interested in getting to know more about the work that up-and-coming pop bands have to do if they have any chance of making it big, it’s a series worth checking out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the amount of work and time that goes into putting a successful band together. Is musical talent the only thing band members need to succeed? What does it take for a band to break into the mainstream industry?
How do social media platforms like YouTube help up-and-coming artists promote their work? Does 30 Days With: Why Don’t We offer an accurate portrayal of what that process is like? What are some of the drawbacks of relying on social media to build a fan base?
Does gaining insight into the band's personal life and backstory make their music more compelling to you? How does their music reflect their growth as artists, and humans.
- Premiere date: December 9, 2020
- Cast: Zach Herron, Jack Avery, Daniel Seavey, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais
- Network: YouTube Premium
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Character strengths: Communication, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: August 4, 2021
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