Big Time Rush

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Teen musicians' climb to the top is tween-friendly fun.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 149 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & representations

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written byStape April 11, 2010

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 a... Continue reading
Adult Written byZara41 January 8, 2012

Nice and funny show!

I think it is a nice and funny tv show. It can be seen by young children as well as tweens and even parents could have fun watching! I recommend it, because you... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2011

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 yo... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywertj August 26, 2014
THERE IS TOO MUCH KISSING A LOT KISSING IN A SEXUAL WAY AND ALSO TOO MUCH VIOLENCE

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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