Gone Country

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Celebrity singers face off in reality contest.

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Positive Messages

The contestants exhibit some competitive behavior but also appear supportive of each other. The participants are of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Some arguments between contestants. Some smashing of guitars and other instruments.


Some strong sexual innuendo, including some explicit sexual references that are bleeped out.


Audible language includes words like "damn" stronger language ("motherf----r" and "s--t") is bleeped.


Features music by Rich, as well as classic hits by the featured performers/contestants.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some contestants are smokers and are shown taking smoking breaks. Visible consumption of alcohol (wine, beer, mixed drinks), generally in social settings.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the contestants on this reality series -- six celebrity musicians competing for the chance to record and launch a country album -- are generally supportive of each other, they do argue and occasionally smash instruments. There's also some strong language (words like "s--t" are bleeped out), and contestants are seen drinking and taking cigarette breaks. (Check out our video tip for help talking with your kids about media and smoking.)

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What's the story?

GONE COUNTRY follows a group of established performers from various musical backgrounds -- including rap, pop, and more -- as they compete for the chance to launch a country single. For two weeks, each singer works with a team of writers on a tune that they'll perform in front of a live audience (the winner's song gets produced and played on the radio). They also get a crash course in how to live the country lifestyle, including mucking stalls, off-road RV racing, and cooking up a down-home southern meal. But these challenges are nothing compared to coming up with a song that will earn the respect of die-hard country fans, most of whom appear unconvinced that the city slickers have what it takes to break into the country scene.

Is it any good?

Whether they're taking a shot at a dream, trying to reinvent their image, or simply exploring a new music scene, the competing singers look for a way to perform country music with their own signature style. But while they demonstrate a healthy respect for one another's talents, the competition sometimes leads to swearing, strong arguments, and instrument throwing. While this makes it iffy viewing for younger kids, teen and adult country music fans may find the competition intriguing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges associated with writing and performing for different musical genres. Can you think of performers who've successfully moved from one genre of music to another? What do you think the contestants are hoping to get out of their attempt to do the same? Families can also discuss the history behind popular music. Did you know that rap is heavily influenced by classical music? Or that country music has been viewed by some historians as America's first feminist music?

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 25, 2008
  • Cast: John Rich
  • Network: CMT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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