Parents' Guide to

Drama Club

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Great characters and diversity in fun mockumentary series.

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

The grandkids love it

A refreshing new show, which displays a positive message for kids. The kids have fun and get a lot of laughs with each episode. Nick has a new star with the casting of Telci Huynh as Mack.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

Drama Club hits many of the same notes as other performing-arts nerd narratives like Pitch Perfect and Glee, but the writing's sharp and the actors so lovable and fresh that you can't help loving it anyway. In a post-Waiting for Guffman world, most of us know what to expect from a show about an obscure set of thespians filmed in the mockumentary style: the humor comes from the "Biggest Thing Everrrrrr" enthusiasm and earnestness of the players, and Drama Club does not disappoint, handing us a sweet roster of aspiring young performers and stagehands. Chief amongst them: Oliver Olivier, who's a professional actor by dint of his local Mattress Farm commercials; new director Mack, pulling strings and making deals; Bench, who's a star on the football team but also unleashes classical ballet on his fellow club members; mysterious Kurtis (Reyn Doi), the club's "master lighting designer" who shields his identity behind black sunglasses.

It's all very silly, in an agreeably loopy way. When drama club advisor Mr. Sniffet (John Milhiser) offers to do choreography for the club, he hops up on a desk to demonstrate moves he could incorporate: "The Burn Down? The Swag Bounce? CitiRock? I could teach you the Dougie, teach-teach you the Dougie." Oliver throws around Mattress Farm money and business cards for the firm; Bench never puts down his football helmet; new principal Mr. Gibbins (Ithmar Enriquez) originally planned to cancel the drama club because "The arts are dumb," but decides on a whim not to because Bench needs an elective. Drama Club is easy to watch and easy to love, with characters who are easy to root for. What more could you ask for from a Nick comedy?

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