Parents' Guide to

Dancing with the Stars

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

High-kicking series has cross-generational appeal.

TV ABC Reality TV 2005
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 14+

Get rid of JoJo

She has plenty of dancing experience and she doesn’t deserve to win with the way she gave a look when she was in the bottom two against mike the miz tells you everything.
age 16+


Family friendly, and enjoyable to watch ! The original people aren’t there anymore but I still watch BRING BACK MY TOM AND ERIN AND MY FAV PRO JULIENNE HOUGH she rocks the dance floor !

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (34 ):

This is the rare show that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all generations. The dancing is always entertaining, and at times it's also inspiring, reminding viewers of the rewards of taking the leap into new challenges in life at any age. The show celebrates the joy of fair competition, the benefits of determination, and the self-affirming nature of conquering fear.

Parents may want need to explain to kids why the female dancers wear skimpy outfits and get judged on their sex appeal, and there is some mild language ("ass," "suck," etc.) that isn't appropriate for young kids. But mostly there's nothing to worry about, and it may just encourage you and your family to tackle something new of your own.

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