Big Smo

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Southern rock meets rap in family-friendly reality show.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The importance of hard work and family is highlighted. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Big Smo works hard at his music career but is extremely family-oriented and a devoted father.

Violence

Mild disagreements among the band are often settled in humorous ways. Fun activities include truck sledding and seemingly rough activities, but no one gets hurt. The death of a parent is discussed. 

Sex

Some flirtatious behavior and occasional innuendo. Marriage is discussed. 

Language

Words such as "ass" and "hell" are audible. Curses such as "s--t" are bleeped with mouths blurred. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Big Smo and his music. Logos for local venues and show sponsors, such as Budweiser, are visible. Mercedes-Benz, GMC trucks, and other car logos also occasionally are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Viewers will hear references to moonshine and being drunk, and beer and hard alcohol are visible. Logos for show sponsors such as Budweiser are visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Big Smo is a mild reality show that contains positive themes about family while being a promotional vehicle for Big Smo, the musical artist. It contains some occasional strong vocabulary (curses are bleeped with mouths blurred), drinking (beer, hard liquor), and some mild innuendo that likely will go over younger viewers' heads. Occasional disagreements are resolved with humor. There are some serious moments, too, including discussions about the death of a parent.

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What's the story?

BIG SMO is a reality series that follows country rap artist John "Big Smo" Smith as he performs his unique music and builds his career. After paying his dues for 14 years in the music scene, the Tennessee native finally has a music contract and is now working harder and longer to get his "hick-hop" style to the top of the charts. While he performs in venues around the country with singer/songwriters Haden Carpenter and Alex King, his manager Dan Nelson and his tour manager JJ Harness work hard to keep things going. But Big Smo's real posse are his daughters, Lanica and Ameria; his girlfriend, Whitney; and, of course, his mama. He's a big guy with lots of character, talent, and fans, but ultimately he's all about taking care of his family.

Is it any good?

From traveling to and performing at venues to teaching his girls how to chop wood, Big Smo works to build his music career while trying to balance time with his family. But the show also is a promotional vehicle for his brand and his unique style of music, which is inspired by hip-hop, southern rock, and rap. 

It's not the most drama-filled reality show, and there are lots of staged moments throughout. But the singer's likable personality and the show's positive messages about family make it appealing. Reality fans looking for some voyeuristic drama won't really find it here, but country music-oriented fans will probably find it entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music. What kinds of music and bands have influenced you over the years? Which genres of music could you combine to make a unique sound? 

  • Why do reality shows feature activities that are preplanned or rehearsed? Do these kinds of moments make them more or less entertaining? 

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