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 story reminds viewers to keep in mind the true Christmas joy of spending time with family and friends.
Positive Role Models
The characters value camaraderie over gifts and give up their holiday expectations to brighten a friend's day.
Violence & Scariness
A man gets hit by a car in one scene and wears braces on his legs and a sling on his arm for the rest of the show.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen couples kiss under the mistletoe, and in one scene, a boy gets mobbed by girls who want to kiss him.
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Products & Purchases
Guest stars Miranda Cosgrove, Fabio, and Snoop Dogg get some air time for their involvement in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this holiday special is fun for tweens, whether they're already fans of Big Time Rush or not. The story is hardly realistic, but that won't matter to kid viewers, who will revel in the guys' antics anyway. If your kids aren't already familiar with guest stars Fabio, Snoop Dogg, and Miranda Cosgrove, they may take an interest in them after the show, but other than that -- and a few kisses under the mistletoe -- there's nothing here that's worrisome for tweens, and the story's message about the joy of spreading Christmas cheer is jolly for all.
Is It Any Good?
BIG TIME CHRISTMAS is the kind of holiday special that tweens will like -- it's fast-paced, funny, and full of outlandish scenarios. Kendall (Kendall Schmidt), James (James Maslow), Carlos (Carlos Pena, Jr.), and Logan (Logan Henderson) are their usual charismatic selves, and the addition of big-name guests doesn't hurt the show's appeal at all. What's more, this show doesn't feel like a last-minute addition to bolster interest in a series or promote its musical features. There's a truly likable quality about it that makes it a success even as its own entity.
Entertainment aside, the show boasts sweet messages about Christmas spirit and making the holiday memorable, regardless of circumstances that seem to stand in the way. And in the end, the guys set aside their own desires and pull together to make the holiday special for an unlikely friend.
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