Big Time Rush

 
Teen musicians' climb to the top is tween-friendly fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive messages

The show presents a sanitized view of teenage life and the cutthroat music industry, but the teens must dedicate themselves to their art in order to succeed. The series tackles relatable topics like school-pressure woes.

Positive role models

Teens often trick or manipulate adults (teachers, record executives, parents) to get their way -- and most of the time, the adults’ naivete allows it to happen.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some flirting and ogling among teens, but it’s all very mild, and there’s nothing physical. Both girls and guys are occasionally shown in swimsuits.

Language

Occasional name-calling, as in referring to someone as a “jerk.”

Consumerism

Most of the show’s original songs are available for download.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that aside from a hefty dose of improbability, there’s little to worry about in this tween-friendly comedy. Sure, the teen characters' lives are a little too sanitized, and even relatable woes like the pressures of school and dating are hardly cast in a realistic light, but overall the show is full of lighthearted fun that’s not likely to be misinterpreted by media-savvy tweens. Parents may take issue with how the guys always seem to get their way with the adults around them, but it’s doubtful that any of their extreme stunts would have similar outcomes in the real world.

What's the story?

In BIG TIME RUSH, four teenage friends leave the snowy Midwest to follow their dream of becoming successful recording artists. After music executive Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Kramer Glickman) discovers Kendall (Kendall Schmidt) at an open casting call for a new band, he and his longtime pals James (James Maslow), Logan (Logan Henderson), and Carlos (Carlos Pena) head to Los Angeles with Kendall’s mom (Challen Cates) and little sister (Ciara Bravo) in the hopes that they’ve got what it takes to become the hot new band. But once there, they discover that it will take more than big dreams and flashy smiles to break through the competition.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At a time when reality series like American Idol promise to turn average Joes into overnight stars, the idea of a series based on the aftermath of a person’s “discovery” is an enticing one -- even if it is fictitious. The show offers a lighthearted glimpse at the conflicting forces that exist between the guys’ dreams of starting a career and their efforts to make the most of their fleeting teenage years.

Big Time Rush certainly doesn’t try to incorporate much reality into its storylines, but for most tweens, separating this type of content from anything that might relate to their own lives is a no-brainer, so there’s little concern in allowing them to tune in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrities. How does our society view celebrities? Do we hold them to higher standards than the rest of the population because of their high profile? Is that fair? How does it affect us when they make mistakes?

  • Kids: Who are some of your favorite entertainers? Why do you admire them? Are you more likely to admire someone who's had to overcome the odds to get to where they are today?

  • Kids: What kind of career do you think you would like to have? What special skills or schooling will you need for it? How will you use your skills to improve people’s lives?

TV details

Cast:James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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Written byAnonymous January 8, 2012
age 2+
 

Meh.

An awful show, most kids won't even enjoy it, but it's appropriate for all ages.
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2011
age 10+
 

BIG TIME LAMENESS!

I can't believe Common Sense rated it on 7+! This show is about 4 (I think) smart alec boys. The show is really snobby and annoying! It's REALLY in your face and loud and SUPER fake! Gustavo (if that's how you spell it) is pretty mean to the boys and if they don't get their way they have to trick them or whatever. The show is lame and the 4 dudes are bad role models for little kids though there is sometimes the odd good message like "If you work together you can get stuff done" or something like that. The boys also refer to girls as chicks and they're kinda girl obsessed. DON'T WASTE YOU TIME!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written byStape April 11, 2010
age 7+
 

Who is the target audience????

The show really is not bad and I don't mind my kids watching it. I am frustrated that all "age appropriate" shows for 7 and 9 year old boys are about the lives of teenagers. My son complains all of the time that we treat him like a baby and he can't wait until he is a teenager...shows like this do NOT help. Why can't anyone make a show with, for and about grade school kids??? On the other hand, I don't think any teenagers would watch this because it is so unrealistic and hokey. During the episode I watched the boys had an unapproved "get together" that turned into a blow-out bash. Let's just say things turn out differently for most 15 year olds who have parties when their parents are out of town. Why does my 7 year old need to see this?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written bywertj August 26, 2014
age 8+
 
THERE IS TOO MUCH KISSING A LOT KISSING IN A SEXUAL WAY AND ALSO TOO MUCH VIOLENCE
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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