What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hit the Floor is a dramatic series that will appeal to teens thanks to its fun, energetic dance music and dance sequences, but much of its steamy content is geared towards adults. It contains nudity (bare bottoms), as well as folks in their underwear, suggestive dance routines, and scenes of folks engaging in sexual activity. Catty behavior is frequent, and sometimes leads to physical fights.
What's the story?
HIT THE FLOOR stars Taylour Page as Ahsha Hayes, a young woman realizing her dream to become a Devil Girl, a member of the cheerleading squad for the fictitious L.A. Devils basketball team. After successfully trying out for the elite group against her mother's (Kimberly Elyse) wishes, she soon realizes how difficult it is to balance her new role in the spotlight with her old life, which includes loyal boyfriend German (Jonathan McDaniel). Also making things difficult are fiercely ambitious dancers like squad captain Jelena Howard (Logan Browning) and flirtatious professional basketball stars like Derek Roman (McKinley Freeman). There's lots of mysterious drama, too, thanks to the team's contemptible owner, Oscar Kincade (Don Stark). Luckily, she has the support of teammates like Kyle Hart (Katherine Bailess)and Raquel Saldana (Valery Ortiz). Squad director Olivia Vincent (Charlotte Ross) and the Devils' Coach Davenport (Dean Cain) are also watching from the sidelines. It's a dramatic world full of secrets and cut-throat competition, but one that Ahsha must learn to quickly navigate in order to hold on to her dream.
Is it any good?
Hit the Floor offers lots of soap-opera like story lines that range from having illicit affairs to cheerleaders who quit under mysterious circumstances. Rounding out the drama are high-energy scenes showcasing choreographed dance moves and contemporary music.
It's not the best written of shows, and some of the narratives featured here reflect stereotypes about both men and women in the sports world. But the content is edgy enough to entertain folks looking for a guilty pleasure. Teens will probably be drawn to it, but it's a show that's best suited for older audiences.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about professional cheerleading. What kinds of skills do you have to have to be able to cheer in an elite squad? What do kids/teens think about the sport?
What stereotypes exist about cheerleading and about cheerleaders? Does this show reflect or reject these stereotypes? Did you know that cheerleading used to be an all-male activity? Why did this change?
Why do so many TV shows feature women arguing and fighting with each other? Is that how you interact with your friends?