A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about dedication, compassion, and gratitude.
Positive Role Models
The bassists featured show ingenuity, humility, and persistence.
Only small efforts toward inclusivity (one female bassist, one musician of color). It's telling that the only musicians featured are rock musicians.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the conversation features innuendo (e.g., objects as phallic symbols).
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Some profanity is used throughout: "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Promotes some of the artists/bands that appear.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lee often drinks alcohol with his guests.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too? is a documentary series in which Lee, from the band Rush, hangs out with other bass players. Episodes typically mix discussion of the musicians' craft and careers with scenes of them doing things from their daily life, like cleaning up tree branches, canning tomatoes, or hanging out at the bar. Some of the conversation features innuendo (e.g., objects as phallic symbols); expect some profanity ("s--t," "damn," etc.). Positive messages about dedication, compassion, and gratitude.
Is It Any Good?
Bass players probably get the least recognition among rock musicians, and this show shines a bit of light on the craft and importance of the bass guitar. Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too? recruits some (relatively) high-profile bassists, like Metallica's Rob Trujillo, Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and everyone's favorite rock bassist, Les Claypool. But the series is content to just hang out around the house and follow its subjects while they do mundane activities. It's the equivalent of hanging out with a band in the studio: in theory it's cool, but you're mostly just waiting around for something to happen.
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