Big Time Rush

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

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 154 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWaterNymph March 18, 2011

Stupid. Typical. Boring.

This show has no substance. It's just a group of dumb, annoying boys who get themselves in ridiculous situations. The humor is lame and typical. The only t... Continue reading
Adult Written bykiddoitis July 16, 2018

Good show

I watched this show when I was around 6 or 7, and I loved it. My parents never had a problem with the kissing, it’s very brief and non sexual. The only thing I... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 10, 2016
This show has a very unrealistic view of a bands life. None of this stuff actually goes in with a band. The boys are very disrespectful to their parents and the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChloe-Louise March 7, 2013

Writing for the Rushers !!! :)

People may call it stupid , boring or childish but I think that with Tv nowadays is good to watch something with light comedy and easy stroylines and the songs... Continue reading

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?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love music

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