Cheerleader Nation

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly reality show that's OK for teens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Some of the girls get jealous when their teammates do a better job than they do. The show features a lot of intense competition, but also some good role-model behavior for teen girls (working hard, juggling activities and good grades).


Some of the girls on the show have boyfriends, and one of the girls is accused of cheating on her beau. One episode features some suggestive dancing.


One of the moms, when frustrated with her daughter, calls her a "little snot."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series includes scenes in which mothers and their teenage daughters argue, as well as scenes in which the teens push the boundaries their parents have set for them. Some of the girls on the show have boyfriends, and in some episodes there is dirty dancing and accusations of cheating.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byshoerster August 11, 2010
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byKateT8 July 21, 2010
The mothers of these Lexington cheerleaders are SICK puppies. I went to high school in Lexington and I HATE the message my hometown is giving through these sha... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylvn2cheer08 April 9, 2008

this is the best show ever

This is an awesome show! I laughed and I cried. Dunbar Cheerleading sets the bar for competition. I remember the first time i saw Dunbar perform which was on an... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bypurplecatroo April 9, 2008

What's the story?

CHEERLEADER NATION follows a group of super-competitive teenagers vying for spots on Lexington, Kentucky's Dunbar High School varsity cheerleading squad in the hopes of helping the school get to its third straight national championship. Leading the group is tough-but-sensitive coach Donna Martin who guides the girls through tryouts, daily practice, and, ultimately, the United Cheerleading Association National championships. Real-life dramas unfold as each girl faces her own personal challenges. (Examples include Martin's daughter, Ryan, who makes the team and finds herself struggling to gain her mom's approval on and off the court, and Katie, Dunbar's star soccer player who, as a senior, gives up the sport for cheerleading.)

Is it any good?

Teens and their parents will be enthralled by each hour-long episode, which gives them a rare glimpse into the lives of seemingly regular -- though extremely athletic -- teenagers navigating their way through high school. The girls on the show deal with managing friendships and romances while pursuing their goal and keeping up their grades, and come across as sincere in their attempt to "have it all."

But while the teens on the show are painted as "everygirls," they are anything but. All are extremely attractive, with nary a hair out of place, and all seem to come from affluent families where no need goes unmet. The only real issue these girls apparently have to deal with is overbearing moms who have just as much invested in their daughters' cheerleading skills as the girls do. Still, families who watch the show together will find much to talk about and will be highly entertained, if nothing else.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens can successfully juggle extracurricular activities while keeping their grades up. How can you effectively manage your time in high school? Issues involving sports, competition, and ambition also come into play. How do you know when you've crossed the line in pursuit of a goal? Do parents put too much pressure on their kids to succeed?

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