Parents' Guide to

Boy Band

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Musical reality competition is frothy fun for families.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Produced well and Entertaining

It's no "American Idol"or "The Voice", but for a fresh look at vocal competitions, Boyband is a well-rounded change of pace that offers a lot when it comes to creating the next big pop group. For fans of popular music, it's combines the song-along aspect with the visual appeal of the contestants for their respective audience-teen girls. The contestants aren't the most gifted performers, but the appeal comes with the week by week growth you can see in the boys as they dwindle down to the final five. It's intriguing to watch because as the viewer, you tend to become established as "fan" of one or more boys as the show progresses. The show packs a lot of star power and a bit of nostalgia for older viewers that like to see their former pop idols in judges Nick Carter and Emma Bunton. I doubt a second season could materialize as it seems as if pumping out more bands could cause a conflict of interest, but a girl-group theme could resurrect this show for a follow-up. Not bad for fans of pop music and boy bands as a whole, but can be cheesy for a viewer not as absorbed into the hype around the continuation of manufactured boy groups.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+


There are maybe two guys that can sing, the rest pretty much suck. The whole show is terrible! Nick Carter, really??

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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