Da Jammies

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendship and diversity mark hip-hop-inspired series.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show entertains primarily, but it also touches on issues such as self-esteem and bullying in thoughtful ways.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of friendship stem from characters' shared interest in hip-hop music and help them transcend their differences. Some stories raise serious issues such as homelessness and bullying through the characters' experiences, showing the human side even if they don't solve the problems. Ethnic diversity incorporates kids of Hispanic, African-American, and white heritage. Some potty humor, as when Seven makes a dash for the bathroom after overeating at the mall food court. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids come from all different backgrounds and family experiences, but they have a shared goal of using their music to achieve success. When trouble strikes for one of the group, they're all on hand to help. Adults are mostly absent from the stories, and those who do appear aren't notable role models.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Kids have crushes and get swoony around the opposite sex. In one scene, Dolla daydreams about the girl he likes and makes a kissing motion toward her.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Da Jammies centers on five tween friends who dream of taking their hip-hop talents to the top. With a diverse set of characters and their realistic experiences with matters such as bullying and self-esteem concerns, there's a lot to talk about with kids who watch. Expect some mild stereotyping (an overweight African-American eats junk food in excess, for instance) and some bathroom humor. Viewers who aren't familiar with hip-hop music or culture will get a fairly good introduction here, and the music is energetic and fun.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLee M. January 27, 2018

Really torn about this show

I woke up this Saturday morning to my kids Jammin like they were at a concert. On one hand I was a proud papa, but then I'm known in the house for making s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bydiamndz1021 January 3, 2018
This is a pretty good show so far, but I'm just impatiently waiting for more episodes. I like the characters and the hip hop theme, and I'm really int... Continue reading

What's the story?

When five middle school students bond over their shared love of music and performance, the result is DA JAMMIES, a one-of-a-kind hip-hop group looking to hit the big time. For now, though, the quintet -- Dolla (voiced by William "Dolla" Chapman II), Novelist (Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton), Momo (Alisa Reyes), Lala (Dani Nicolet), and Seven (Anderson Johnson Jr.) -- will have to make it through their tween years and all the ups and downs they bring.

Is it any good?

Inspired by a need for diversity in kids' entertainment, cocreators Hamilton and Chapman envisioned this series as an introduction to the oft-overlooked wholesome values of the hip-hop industry. They've succeeded on both counts, with a cast that reflects the ethnic make-up of its setting and music that's easy on the ears (if hip-hop is your thing, that is) and has decent themes about identity and empowerment.

Because Da Jammies touches on sensitive issues such as bullying and self-esteem, it can start conversations between you and your tweens about topics that might otherwise be tough to raise. In other cases, the issues might be ones your tweens have no experience with (such as a secondary character's homelessness), so you'll have to fill in the gaps for better context.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about diversity on TV. Does this series do a better job than others you watch of representing America's cultural diversity? How does diversity strengthen a community? What challenges does it pose?

  • Do your kids like hip-hop music? Had they heard it before watching Da Jammies? How do different styles of music suit different moods?

  • Kids: Is your self-image affected by who and what you see on TV? Why is it important to embrace what makes you unique?

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