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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet nostalgia in warm, lovable musical reality show.

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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Fun and touching

I stumbled across this and am really enjoying the show. My tween kids enjoyed it too. There's something endearing and heartwarming about seeing these former theatre kids reunite. Some of the productions are quite impressive ("Oklahoma" and "Godspell" stand out of the ones I've seen.) I'm glad they didn't do the Olympic schtick of giving us too much sad backstory. The viewer gets just enough of a glimpse into the performers' lives and "journeys."

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age 13+

The best reality show out there

If you are a fan of reality shows this is just a show for you it is a show where high School plays get a comeback it follows a group of adults that put on a play in high school and must reunite when they are adults the premise is awesome I have never seen a show like it although Kristen Bell barely ever shows up in their own show it's still good and the adult comedy the only adults can get makes me laugh

Is It Any Good?

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Sweet and easy to love, this charming reality series will inspire wistful nostalgia in viewers of a certain age. Theater is a time-honored gathering place for misfits; even those who didn't painstakingly prepare an audition song for their high school production of Cabaret already know that the stage was a place where outcasts could belong. The lovely thing that Encore! uncovers is that this "all for one" vibe is just as important to middle-aged people as to high schoolers. Watching former classmates and compadres reconnect, at first stiffly and haltingly, then more genuinely as they rehearse together, is simply gorgeous. In the Annie episode, former cast member Jarron says he was so shy in high school that he had barely any friends; his fellow Annie re-launchers don't even recognize him when he walks into the first day of rehearsals. Over beers, he admits he feared having kids because his own parents abandoned him; he didn't want to ruin someone else's life. "I bet you're a really good dad, though," says Jaimie, the former homecoming queen who barely even noticed Jarron in high school. Jarron's face lights up at the thought -- and it's obvious that Jaimie's right when we see his elated kids watching Dad onstage.

If it's sweet watching reunited cast members connecting to their high school selves and each other, it's even sweeter how touchingly grateful they are to have the experience, and how thrilled their loved ones are to share in it too. "It probably wasn't an Academy Award performance," says one player's dad after the end of a show, smiling from ear to ear, visibly proud. "But he did well." Debbie, who's playing multiple orphans in the Annie cast, calls her young children on the phone to demonstrate her dance number. "I want my kids to see 'Hey, she can do something!'" They do -- and they cling to her like burrs after she finishes her turn, clearly impressed with this version of their mother. No, these aren't Academy Award performances. But you'll want to present Encore! with a great big bouquet of roses anyway.

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