Big Time Christmas

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Boy band's fun holiday special boasts big-name guest stars.

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The story reminds viewers to keep in mind the true Christmas joy of spending time with family and friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

Teen couples kiss under the mistletoe, and in one scene, a boy gets mobbed by girls who want to kiss him.


Guest stars Miranda Cosgrove, Fabio, and Snoop Dogg get some air time for their involvement in the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byericahawkgirl August 20, 2012

5 Stars for me!!!

Me and my Siblings loves this. There is no bad language, and it's so funny! It's great for all ages, younger kids can enjoy it and teen/tweens can, to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 November 23, 2011

Good Christmas special and ok for young kids

I've seen this special and it's ok. It's fine for kids and has a good message about spending Christmas with family and friends. Violence: Gustavo... Continue reading

What's the story?

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and the band members of Big Time Rush were scurrying about crossing off last-minute to-dos before heading home to Minnesota for the holiday. Everything’s on schedule until their Scrooge-y boss, Arthur Griffin (Matt Reidy), drops the bomb that they can’t leave until they’ve written and recorded three Christmas songs, two of which must feature guest singers. It will take a Christmas miracle (or three) to get the job done, but luck is in their corner when stars like Miranda Cosgrove and Snoop Dogg practically fall into their laps at the last minute.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holiday traditions. What are some of your favorites? How do they reflect your family’s personality, culture, or religious beliefs? How do you feel when your traditions are upset? What does Christmas spirit mean to you?

  • Tweens: Had you heard of Miranda Cosgrove and Snoop Dogg before this show? Did you like their roles in this show? Are you more inclined to seek out other work now? How is this an example of embedded advertising?

  • Tweens: What opportunities exist for you to brighten someone else’s day? When have you done something selfless for someone else? How does it make you feel? Why is it important to help others?

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