HitRECord on TV

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Creative artists work together on music, media projects.

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Positive Messages

Underscores value of artistic collaboration, use of technology for creativity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gordon-Levitt is a performer in many projects and is supportive of the arts.


Imagery can occasionally be violent, depending on topic (such as guns).


Occasional innuendo, often more humorous than sexy.


Occasional cursing, including "f--k."


Gordon-Levitt's production company is highlighted.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HitRECord on TV, hosted by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, features music and media collaborations produced online by various artists. Though it promotes the HitRECord production company, the show underscores the value of creative work, teamwork, and using technology for artistic purposes. There's some occasional profanity ("f--k"), violent imagery (guns), and some sexual innuendo. However, much of this is offered in a creative context.

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What's the story?

Hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD ON TV is a series featuring collaborative interactive media projects produced by artists around the world. The show, which is recorded in front of a live audience, features audio video work from participants from the HitRECord community, a open, collaborative media arts production company founded by Gordon-Levitt and his brother. Screenwriters, animators, producers, musicians, and others contribute their work with the idea that they can collaborate with other artists to produce a wide variety of creative works, including, for example, short films and original songs. Each episode features some of the completed projects that revolve around a single theme, such as "the number 1," "trash," and "the dark."  The number of contributors and the kinds of contributions are noted for each project. As a way of introducing each piece, Gordon-Levitt shows excerpts from his online requests for collaborators, clips from a range of video contributions, and segments from the live show. 

Is it any good?

The unique series showcases the way digital media can be used to allow artists to enter global collaborations that result in thoughtful and interesting projects. Also valuable is the fact that these works are rooted in the creative exploration of themes that help artists develop their own unique voice.

Each project is different and makes its own unique contribution. The appearance of celebs such as Elle Fanning and Mindy Kaling in some of these projects also adds to the appeal. You may not like everything that's shown here, but they all underscore that the digital age we live in doesn't have to stop us from being creative.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of media in collaborative work. How do people work together from far away to get things done? How do artists produce things such as films or music? What are some of the benefits of using the media for these things? Drawbacks?

  • What exactly is interactive media? Do you consider someone who works with video or digital media an artist? Why, or why not?

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