A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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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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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