Hit the Floor

Common Sense Media says

Cheerleading drama with sex, catty behavior, pro dancers.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Professional cheerleading is presented as competitive, sexist, and in some cases downright seedy. The idea that women are competitive with each other, often for the attention of men, is reinforced. Lots of focus on women as sexual objects.

Positive role models

Experienced cheerleaders bully other members; others are aware of destructive behaviors being done to them, but do little to stop it. A few women will stop at nothing to be on the squad. The cast is multi-ethnic.

Violence

Catty behavior between squad members is frequent; threatening, shoving, hitting, hair pulling, and other activities are visible. A squad member is forced to flee the team under mysterious circumstances.

Sex

Sex scenes are fairly explicit, without showing any nudity. Dance outfits and cheerleaders' uniforms are tight and skin revealing and the camera gets in super close; cast members are showed taking off their clothes, in their underwear, and naked (bare bottoms visible). Contains scenes of folks getting in and out of bed in various stages of undress. Inappropriate sexual liaisons, having children out of wedlock, and stripping are also themes. Dance moves include lots of butt shaking, twisting, thrusting, and spread legs.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are used regularly.

Consumerism

Labels like OGIO are visible. Songs from artists like Beyoncé, Pitbull, and others are frequently audible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Sometimes drinking (champagne, cocktails) is visible. A drug reference is made on occasion.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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?

TV details

Cast:Kimberly Elyse, Logan Browning, Taylour Page
Network:VH1
Genre:Drama
Topics:Arts and dance
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2013
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LVE AND AFFECTION

I THINK HIT THE FLOOR IS AWSOME I LOVE IT BUT I HATE WHEN ASHAS AND DEREK ACT LIKE THEY DONT HAVE FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER JUST ADMITE IT YALL WERE MENT TO BE TOGETHER
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Educator and Parent Written bynoori1345 May 3, 2014

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