Beat Shazam

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun music-themed game show features popular app.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Themes include popular songs, having fun, and good sportsmanship. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Foxx uses his trademark (but cleaner) humor. 


Lyrics sometimes include references to shaking booty and being sexy.




It’s a promotional vehicle for the Shazam app. References are made to other Fox TV shows. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beat Shazam is a game show where people must quickly identify music before the popular music-identifying Shazam app beats them to it. It’s mild, but the word “damn” is frequently used. Some song lyrics contain mild sexual innuendo. The series basically promotes Shazam but it's also reasonably fun and a good whole-family watch.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 9-year-old Written bySammytricky1245 June 30, 2019

Best music.

Having music is good, a nice host is rocking this show.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat December 3, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheRightStuf March 17, 2019

What's the story?

BEAT SHAZAM is a game show that features contestants trying to identify songs before a popular music app does. Produced and hosted by Jamie Foxx, each match features teams of two who must listen to music samples from a single category and correctly identify their names from a list of song titles.The first team to answer correctly gets to bank some cash. The one that earns the most money at the end of five rounds gets the chance to play against Shazam, an app that identifies music or media by listening to it for less than five seconds, for a million dollars. 

Is it any good?

This fun, fast-paced show features folks enjoying all sorts of music while trying to win cash prizes. Songs range from contemporary pop to Motown, classic rock, and even classic Disney tunes. Adding to the fun are appearances by celebs like Terrance Howard and Snoop Dogg, and the show’s DJ, October Gonzalez. 

Jamie Foxx’s humor, some of which addresses racial differences, may be a bit much for younger viewers. But his fans will find it appealing, and those who like music will enjoy the range of tunes featured here. If you’re looking for a show that is lighthearted and pleasing to the ear, Beat Shazam is an entertaining option. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons why people can recall so many songs over the years. Is it the music or the lyrics that help us remember? Why do we associate songs with people? Specific life events? 

  • Beat Shazam has contestants playing against technology. Do you think this is something that we will see more of in the future?

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