Parents' Guide to

Da Jammies

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Friendship and diversity mark hip-hop-inspired series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

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 sure I listen to the lyrics of what they're listening to. So after sitting down and watching the show for a couple of episodes with my son, this is my feedback on the show. The show is not all that bad. However I am struggling with allow my kids to watch it. I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old. A four-year-old definitely will not be watching it. On one hand it's awesome to see the show Full of diverse characters like this. My challenges when I see characters over-sexualized like the school nurse who's built like a brick house for no reason at all, it forces me to have to change the channel. The sister was built better than Jessica Rabbit. Now we know that saying and doing way too much. I also questioned some of the stereotyping with African Americans. We see it enough and shows that put us down just for the fun of it, but I think that we could tone it down just a hair with the heavy-set character who eats all the time. Not all heavy people are that way just because they eat all the time. I will say I got to give him props for being very current with his choice of language, styles and characteristics of the character's overall, and positive reflection of the black community. Anytime you hear about a hip hop show, use end up seeing the projects within the next 5 minutes. That didn't happen here which was pretty decent.
age 4+

Interesting

The show is decent...great family fun and entertaining. I love how the character are diverse there should be more shows on television like this show that teach young children that its ok to be different, I love that this demonstrate acceptance and tolerance. The themes that The show deals with are relevant. My only complaint is the constant use of slang.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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