A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show entertains primarily, but it also touches on issues such as self-esteem and bullying in thoughtful ways.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.