A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Burn the Stage shows the commitment and teamwork that goes into making a successful musical career day by day, performance by performance.
Positive Role Models
BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a K-Pop boy band made up of seven unique yet equally dedicated performers. The series exposes the way they work through interpersonal conflicts, self-doubt, and even some health issues to try and put on the best performance possible for their fans, whom they speak of with great respect. They talk honestly about their early struggles and don't take their success for granted.
Products & Purchases
Some clothing and shoe brands are seen in passing, same with soft-drink cans on frequent display.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burn the Stage is an 8-part documentary series covering the 2017 world tour of mega-popular Korean boy band BTS (aka Bangtan Boys). It offers a backstage glimpse at the performers as they endure grueling rehearsals and a strenuous touring schedule. This isn't a sex-drugs-and rock'n'roll type exposé, as the members are pretty respectful of one another and their fans, and the craziest things get backstage is when someone drops a cake. They do briefly touch on issues like depression, and the way that dedication to your craft can take an emotional and physical toll. The series is almost entirely in Korean, but subtitles are available.
Is It Any Good?
If you hear "behind the scenes" and expect smoking, drinking, and groupies -- well, this documentary doesn't offer any of that. The members of BTS are, by and large, a thoughtful, sweet, and just plain adorable bunch who seem to genuinely enjoy one another's company, whether they're singing their hearts out on stage or camped out in their hotel room eating takeout and pulling innocent pranks on one another (chocolate-flavored ramen, anyone?). They're young and becoming increasingly famous, which means the pressure is increasing as well -- but but this crew is so deeply devoted to one another that even when Burn the Stage does cover moments of conflict, they find a way to resolve their differences with patience and kindness.
The series also doesn't shy away from showing the downsides of nonstop performing. In one worrisome scene, then-19 year old Jungkook is shown pale, sweaty, and nearly passed out backstage from illness. You imagine this guy can't possibly go on, but after receiving an oxygen boost and some fever-reducing icepacks to his neck, he makes his way onstage and performs to a packed stadium full of fans. The level of professionalism with this crew is pretty astonishing, and seeing this kind of dedication at work makes it easy to understand why BTS is topping music charts worldwide -- even beating out performers like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez for Billboard awards.
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