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Cheerleader U



Raise a pompon for these hardworking athletes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, this is a positive show about people doing something they're interested in, passionate about, and have put a lot of hard work into. The series also attempts to break down stereotypes about cheerleading; that said, the sport has some inherent sexism, which is alluded to by the requirement that the women wear certain makeup and accessories while performing their sport. The group of featured athletes isn't particularly diverse.


Some stunts are dangerous, and there's always the threat of an injury.


Discussion about attractiveness of men and women; some flirting and talk of dating and relationships, without much detail.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show follows the competitive, brutally athletic season of top college cheerleaders. The content is generally problem-free, with much of the focus on the team's actual athleticism rather than their personal issues. Some episodes feature cheerleaders crying or getting emotional when they're disappointed (being cut from the team, etc.). Many episodes contain brief discussions about flirting, dating, or being attracted to someone -- this is college, after all. Women are required to wear red lipstick, makeup, and bows in their hair during cheerleading camp and at other times -- a practice/tradition that goes unquestioned.

What's the story?

Reality show CHEERLEADER U follows top-ranked University of Kentucky cheerleaders as they compete for spots in their team's elite Blue Squad, attend cheerleading camp, and compete against other teams in major cheerleading events. Folks who dismiss cheerleaders as fluff on the side of the main event might change their minds after watching the athletic feats performed by the men and women of UK. Male cheerleaders need incredible upper body strength and balance to pull off their moves, as well as the trust of their female counterparts. Meanwhile, the women are full-fledged gymnasts who must perform high-flying stunts while chanting, cheering, and maintaining a smile the entire time.

Is it any good?


Getting a glimpse inside the world of elite cheerleading is fascinating; it's filled with emotion, energy, and athleticism. Most compelling is the footage of the tryouts and the events where the cheerleaders practice and compete. Less interesting are the after-hours scenes in which the cheerleaders talk about crushes while giving each other massages and pep talks. Tension is maintained by eliminations during tryouts and waiting to find out who will be selected for the final Nationals team.

Through interviews with the athletes, Cheerleader U serves to break down stereotypes -- for example, that all male cheerleaders are gay or that female cheerleaders are anorexic -- and in that respect it does well. But the series doesn't end up surprising viewers with the people it features. Most are just what you'd expect: white, pretty, upbeat, and -- at least when they're on camera -- superficial.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cheerleading. What do kids/teens think about the sport? What are the origins of cheerleading? If you don't know, are you interested in finding out more? Do you think cheerleading is sexist? Why do some cheerleading squads have men and some don't? How are cheerleaders typically portrayed in the media? Why? Does this show change your opinion of cheerleaders?

TV details

Premiere date:March 21, 2007
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-G

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

i thought it was wounderful and awesome no matter what you give it your all

i think you great every one of you cheerleaders are awesome and make me want to work times hard evan though i give it my all no matter what your all good we all make mistakes even thought that hard for some people to see pratice will pay off you just got to belive in yourself and show everyone that you deserver to be a cheerleader.I highly respect each and every one of you
Adult Written byajncooter January 18, 2010


love this show cant wait for next season!
Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 29, 2011


WOW, that's the one word that describes these amazing UK cheerleaders and this amazeing show. This show shows if you work hard at something you love it can have great results. Also the cheer stunts and dance moves they do are incredible and extremly advanced. The only concern is if younger kids watch this show they may want to copy a lot of the moves the cheerleaders are doing. Which, if they don't have prffresional supervised help can cause seriouse injury or even death.
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Too much violence


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