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Chasing the Saturdays

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British girl-band reality features supportive women.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Unlike many reality shows featuring women, this one focuses on the strong relationships between the performers and how they support one another through difficulties. The value of hard work and having goals is a major theme.

Positive role models

All of the women work very hard and are committed to making the group a success regardless of their personal issues. They demonstrate friendship and kindness with one another. One performer speaks frankly about clinical depression, in a way that others might find helpful.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some flirtatious behavior and references to having sex. The women often wear skin-revealing clothing on and off stage, including bras and extremely short shorts and shirts. Sometimes nipples are slightly visible through sheer outfits. Pregnancy is a theme.

Language

Words like "piss" are audible; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for the British band The Saturdays. Apple products are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne) is visible; drunken behavior is referenced. It is suggested that one member is drinking to cope with the pressure.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the reality series Chasing the Saturdays is a promotional vehicle for a British all-girl pop band as they attempt to break into the American music market. It features lots of drinking (cocktails, champagne), as well as some salty vocab ("piss," stronger words "bleeped"), and some references to having sex, along with lots of slinky outfits. On the positive side, the women are supportive of one another through various struggles.

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What's the story?

CHASING THE SATURDAYS is a reality series that follows the successful British pop girl band The Saturdays as they try to break into the American music scene. The group of singers -- Mollie King, music veteran Frankie Sanford, Irish vocalist Una Healy, Rochelle Wiseman, and Vanessa White -- have moved to Hollywood to spend three months in Los Angeles recording and promoting a record that they hope will hit the charts in the United States. Living in Southern California has its perks, but trying to break into the new market is a lot of work, and requires a lot of sacrifice. They find themselves having to deal with homesickness, being separated from loved ones, and the pressures that come with trying to make it big in another country, but with any luck, they will be as popular stateside as they are back home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Chasing the Saturdays features the all-girl group as the women navigate their way through endless recording sessions, rehearsals, performances, interviews, and other requirements of the industry, while trying to negotiate their own personal lives. But unlike many of the reality series of this kind, most of the show focuses on how they negotiate family commitments and real-life medical issues in order to be there.

For these women, coming to America is starting from the bottom. But unlike many others before them, their journey is a little bit more luxurious thanks to their success in the United Kingdom. But the show does succeed in highlighting some of what it takes to make it to musical stardom, and underscores that success is never guaranteed, regardless of how famous you may be somewhere else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows and fame. How helpful do you think TV competitions like The Voice and American Idol are in helping people launch their music careers? Do these shows guarantee that they will be successful?

  • Think about other reality shows focusing on women. How is this one different?

  • How real do you think this show is? Do you think people act differently when they're on or off camera?

TV details

Premiere date:January 20, 2013
Cast:Frankie Sandford, Mollie King, Una Healy
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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