A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this long-running music concert series -- which features taped musical performances from a wide variety of artists -- is relatively mild, though there are some occasional curse words (but they're fully that are fully bleeped). Some of the lyrics also mention/touch on mature content, including sex and addiction, but the amount of that kind of content varies widely depending on who's performing.
What's the story?
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS -- America’s longest-running concert music TV program -- offers viewers the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of performances from some of today’s most talented musicians. The series, which originated in 1976 to showcase original Texas music, now features a wide range of concerts from performers like R&B singer John Legend and Keith Urban to bands like Coldplay and The Foo Fighters. It also includes occasional performances from international acts. The acts are taped live on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Is it any good?
The series, which has become a staple of PBS programming and the inspiration for a major Austin music festival, owes its longevity to its willingness to move beyond the local Texas music scene and embrace the diverse sounds of American root music. The wide array of music styles showcased here -- including alternative country, rock and roll, jazz, swing, and even Tejano music -- also reflects the multicultural nature of American music and the audiences who are listening to it.
The show is kid- and family-friendly overall, but you will hear the occasional swear word (which is usually bleeped) and some adult-oriented lyrics. But the bottom line is that it’s a show that offers music fans of all ages a chance to see some of their favorite artists, as well as some new and innovative musical talent.
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