By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Musical reality competition is frothy fun for families.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hard work, being responsible, and teamwork are strong themes.
Positive Role Models
Mentors are supportive but honest, and the contestants are working hard for their futures.
Violence & Scariness
Some contestants' personal stories describe difficult childhoods, circumstances.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirtatious behavior is encouraged during singing.
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Occasional strong words like "hell," usually in the lyrics performed.
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Songs by artists ranging from Bruno Mars to the Backstreet Boys featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boy Band is a competition featuring young male singers competing for a spot in a new "boy band." It's pretty family-friendly, but occasional strong words appear in lyrics, and there's some flirtatious behavior. Positive themes include perseverance, teamwork, and being responsible. Singers perform songs from a wide range of popular musical artists.
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Produced well and Entertaining
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What's the Story?
BOY BAND is a reality series featuring young male vocalists competing for a chance to make boy band stardom. Hosted by Rita Ora, the series features 30 young men between the ages of 14 and 22 auditioning for a chance to make it to the next round. Judging them are former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, and Timbaland. The 18 young men who make the cut are organized into three groups that must work on their vocals, learn choreography, and develop the skills required to perform as a group. They must also work on their looks and the ability to connect with audiences. Each week a team performs on stage in front of a live audience, after which one of the members is eliminated. After a few weeks, at-home viewers take over the judging process and ultimately create America's newest boy band.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining series offers viewers a chance to see just what goes into developing a successful boy band. In addition to energetic singing performances, mentors and judges offer feedback that underscores the skills required to be a part of a pop singing group. This includes being able to transition from being a solo singer to the culture of working together with a band.
The suspense-filled eliminations are overdramatic, eliciting lots of screams from fans in the audience. But Boy Band highlights the hard work and drive that go into building a cohesive group whose work will (hopefully) translate into megastardom. Young singers may find it inspiring, but other tweens and teens will swoon at the ensemble of young, male, good-looking crooners featured here.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about some of the things the contestants must learn to be in a boy band. Is being a good singer all it takes? What else factors in?
How do the stars of this show exemplify perseverance? Why is it an important character strength?
- Premiere date: June 22, 2017
- Cast: Rita Ora, Nick Carter, Emma Bunton
- Network: ABC
- Genre: Game Shows
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 26, 2022
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