A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A mixed bag. Some characters have admirable motivations and strong work ethics, but their amiability often makes them easy targets for manipulation by less upstanding peers. The show explores the intricacies of relationships, love, and the pursuit of dreams, as well as the concept of stardom and how the public perception of celebrities compares to their true selves. Loren is obsessed with Eddie's image, but she does get the chance to get to know (and form an opinion about) the "real" him.
Positive Role Models
Loren, Eddie, and their respective mom and dad have strong, affectionate relationships that are the foundation for the teens' success and ability to ride out the tough times. Other characters aren't so impressive, though, including a law-breaking teen rebel, a girl who mixes with the wrong crowd to anger her father, a guy who's determined to break up his ex-girlfriend's new relationship, and an overprotective mother who snoops around in her daughter's belongings to catch her in a lie.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss and fondle each other, and it's implied that sex will follow. There's a lot of flirting, and some characters (mostly girls) use their sex appeal to get what they want from guys, whether it's time in the spotlight or a sense of adventure. References to guys and girls being "hot."
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"Hell," "sucks," and put-downs like "d-bag."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's some drinking onscreen, but it's limited to adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hollywood Heights is a drama series with a range of characters, each marked by a "typical" soap opera-style personality trait -- the naïve nice guy, the industrious teen with big dreams, the scheming beauty, the teen rebel, and so on. It's not always easy to decipher the characters' true intentions and thus identify a villain. On the upside, the main characters adhere to their high moral standards and enjoy supportive relationships with their parents, which is a big part of their success. Expect some physical closeness, implied sex, and mild language, as well as a thoughtful commentary on the celebrity lifestyle and its effect on friendships, love, and family relationships.
Is It Any Good?
Adapted from a popular Mexican telenovela, Hollywood Heights has all the markings of a primetime soap opera: tense relationships, youthful rebellion, romance, questionable motivations, conniving behavior, and a villain or two. What this show does have going for it is that the main core of characters -- including Loren, Eddie, and their respective single, devoted parents -- are a likable bunch, reflecting strong family values and bonds that transcend all the other changes in their lives. But among the supporting cast you'll find more questionable values and uncertain role models, including a teen who runs with a dangerous crowd, a woman who fabricates a relationship with a celeb just for the notoriety, and parents who are either overly protective or enabling their teens' bad behavior.
With such a range of characters and motivations, it's hard to predict where the content will go next, so consider checking in on the basic plot before you give your teens the go-ahead. If they do tune in, the show raises some intriguing issues that relate to our star-crazed society, so be sure to start a dialogue with your teen about how we perceive celebrities and are influenced by their work and the messages they send through their actions and words.
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