A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The show’s themes include friendship, self-acceptance, perseverance, and respecting differences. Its portrayal of teen life is heavily sanitized, but it does make an effort to show the characters working through mild real-life issues like insecurity, competition, and rebellion. Some stereotyping exists among the characters (the drama queen, the outsider, etc.) but it’s never used to ostracize. Some potty humor, including references to farting.
Positive Role Models
Baxter forgoes instant fame by keeping his famous father’s identity a secret, showing that he wants to be judged on his character and talent rather than on his dad’s success. The teens are devoted to their arts and strive to be the best.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Budding teen relationships are sweet and mostly innocent, though the characters do little to disguise their feelings and flirt heavily.
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No cursing, but there’s some name-calling like “doofus” and “ditz.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing worrisome in this fun Canadian comedy series for tweens. Its setting in a school for performing arts invites plenty of impromptu singing, dancing, and dramatic recitations, so viewers never know what's around the corner. Baxter's efforts to make a name for himself independent of his father's fame have good messages for youngsters about perseverance and personal responsibility. The show greatly sanitizes teens' lives, but overall, it's a source of good, clean comedy for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
This show's premise might remind some parents of the ‘80s hit Fame, but Baxter is pretty sanitized compared to that classic. The toughest issues these teens cope with are overcoming stage fright and emerging from a famous parent's shadow, so there's not a lot of substantial content to be drawn from the stories.
Of course, that alone isn't reason to exclude the show from your tweens' options. The vibrant characters and innocuous comedy are fun, as are the impromptu song-and-dance routines that are commonplace at a school for wannabe performers. What's more, there are some sweet messages about self-esteem, perseverance, and friendship, as well, and the glaring absence of any iffy content, so time spent with these characters certainly isn't a waste for tweens.
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