Crazy Hearts: Nashville

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Over-soaped musical reality with lots of drinking.

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Positive Messages

It highlights the music scene in Nashville, and some of the personal drama that comes with it, through the eyes of people who live there. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some cast members are self-professed womanizers; others seem only focused on finding the right man.


Arguments occasionally break out between the cast. 


Contains endless discussions about relationship problems and broken hearts. Sexual references include references to "hooking up," "running around," and "banging." One cast member goes braless; parts of her breasts are sometimes noticeable through her clothes. 


Words like "hell" and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" is muted or bleeped. References to "rednecks." 


Local Nashville haunts like The Building, Mercy Lounge, Bailey's Club, and The Blue Bird Cafe are featured; cast members' music and performances are also shown. Jim Bean bourbon and other alcohol labels mentioned. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor, moonshine); some cast members allegedly have drinking problems. Cigarette and cigar smoking is visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy Hearts: Nashville is a reality soap that features endless conversations about romantic relationships, as well as lots of original country tunes from local musicians. It contains lots of drinking (hard liquor, beer, wine), drunken behavior, and cursing (stronger words bleeped). There are plenty of conversations about sex, too. Country music fans might be drawn to the music featured here, but it's a bit too much for younger teens. 

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What's the story?

CRAZY HEARTS: NASHVILLE is a reality drama about a group of people making music in the country music capitol of America. It stars music journalist Heather Byrd, her best friend Lee Holyfield, daughter of Hall of Fame songwriter Wayland Holyfield, and her former boyfriend, renowned country guitarist Leroy Powell. Also featured is Anthony Billups (the impresario of the renown Nashville music haunt The Building), up-and-coming singer/songwriter Jimmy Stanley, his girlfriend April Nemeth, and former soccer player-turned-country singer Amy Wilcox. Rounding out the group is self-proclaimed wild child Hannah Fairlight, who is new to Nashville, but is certainly getting lots of attention. From trying to launch a career to getting over broken relationships, the world of this gang begins and ends in the country music scene.

Is it any good?

The voyeuristic series offers a dramatic look into the lives of a group of folks who are part of or are interested in the country music industry. While it offers limited insight into how the business works, most of the show's focus is on the various romantic entanglements between them. 

Reality fans might like it, and country music fans will most likely be drawn to the music and musicians featured here. But outside of this, and the endless relationship drama, there's not much else going on to make it a worthwhile viewing choice. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the country music industry. What is the history of country music? When did Nashville become the place where country music careers are made? Do you think shows offers an accurate portrayal of what the country music scene is like?

  • Why are behaviors like drinking, smoking, and having casual sex often portrayed in the media as typical of a musician's lifestyle? Is this a fact, or is this a stereotype? Does this show perpetuate or challenge this generalization? 

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