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Gigantic

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L.A. teens are living the life -- and tackling big issues.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, the show stresses the importance of strong families and communication between parents and their kids. The series also emphasizes the downsides of materialism, celebrity culture, and being famous.

Positive role models

The main characters usually make smart decisions and stay out of trouble, although their friends and the people they hang out with are a mixed bag. Secondary characters tend to serve as examples of what not to do.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Teens kiss and talk about having sex, and some have had sex already. (One has a baby to prove it.) Characters use phrases like “verbal foreplay” and “do” (as in, “have sex with”). The main characters talk to their parents about protection when they think they might be ready to have sex.

Language

Use of words like “bitch” and “ass.”

Consumerism

High-end brands are present within the context of characters’ everyday lives, and some are mentioned by name (including Prada and Lamborghini).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adult characters occasionally drink alcohol; some secondary teen characters do, too. There aren’t always negative consequences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this teen-driven drama concerns a crop of privileged teens, most of whom are the children of celebrities. As a result, there’s some high-end consumerism and name-dropping, although, in general, the show avoids glamorizing the glamorous life. Teen characters use words like “bitch,” “ass,” and “verbal foreplay,” and a few secondary characters drink alcohol with no visible consequences. Some teens talk about contraception and sex, while others have already had it --- and one teen girl has had a baby.

What's the story?

For siblings Anna (Grace Gummer) and Walt (Tony Oller) Moore, life is pretty GIGANTIC. But that’s what happens when your parents (Helen Slater and Patrick Fabian) are world-renowned movie stars who generate buzz -- and attract paparazzi -- wherever they go. When the family moves back to Los Angeles after a two-year hiatus to settle back into “regular” life, Anna and Walt re-enter a flashy world of parties, premieres, and risky behavior. And sometimes it’s a struggle to stay grounded.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Gigantic has the look and feel of 1990s-era Beverly Hills: 90210, which makes it slightly more palatable for today’s parents who don’t like the way the classic series’ slick, next-generation remake, 90210, glamorizes iffy teen behavior. But for viewers, that comparison adds up to a slightly ridiculous yet strangely relatable teen soap that certainly won’t win any awards for its writing. It’s not a glowing review, for sure, but there are worse things kids could be watching.

In a classic case of art imitating life, two of the series' young stars are the real-life children of celebrities: Gummer's mom is Oscar winner Meryl Streep, while the girl who plays her nemesis, Gia Mantegna, is the daughter of actor Joe Mantegna. Both know for sure what it's really like to have famous parents, so you have to wonder whether they think this TeenNick series gets it right.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrity culture and fame. What’s the show’s take on what it’s like to be famous? Is it fabulous, horrible, or somewhere in between? Would you trade lives with any of these characters?

  • Does the show portray teen characters in a realistic light? Can you relate to them on any level? Are there any aspects of their lives that seem completely ridiculous?

  • What are the real-life consequences of iffy behavior like underage drinking and premarital sex? Does the show make light of weighty issues, or does it handle them in a responsible way?

TV details

Premiere date:October 8, 2010
Cast:Gia Mantegna, Grace Gummer, Tony Oller
Network:TeenNick
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl October 16, 2010

Content may be fine, but it's... boring.

Pretty fine for ages thirteen and up. I just don't understand why TeenNick is airing this- there's nothing amusing about this show, at all. I couldn't focus on the show for more than fifteen minutes, I just couldn't. It's extremely boring. I find nothing amusing of the sort in this show. I would like to point out, that yes, they do constantly use swear words left an right. Why, just last night, within the first five seconds of the show they had already said "b****". But if any parent is reading this, it's not like your twelve or thirteen year old isn't saying this. They may not say it at home, but they'll say it at school, friend's house, etc. Basically any place where an adult isn't listening in on their conversation and can't hear what's coming out of their mouth. Yeah, this show's okay for 13+, but... it's... boring. Nothing left to be said about it. The only reason why I gave it a 2 star, was because I can't stay awake through the show. I hate it.
Teen, 15 years old Written by96grlpowrCE April 19, 2011

Lame idea!

There's too many fame-oriented shows these days, and this is a prime example. As the title of this review states, the concept of Gigantic was a lame idea at best. It's a total snooze-fest with very few redeeming qualities. The acting's dry and unseasoned, and the characters are unlikable. Teenick clearly thought this was going to be the next Degrassi, judging by time slot this show has, but it doesn't even come close, and I highly doubt it'll last for more than another season, if even that.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bydegrassi108 October 10, 2010

GIGANTIC

Some of these spunky celebrities do sorta live in this party life, however most of them are reasonable teens who struggle through life like most others. Drinking is shown, along with kissing and some mention to sex, but any mature teen or even tween can watch this fun but dram-packed show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models