Hollywood Heights

 
Soapy drama has mixed bag of role models for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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."

Language

"Hell," "sucks," and put-downs like "d-bag."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's some drinking onscreen, but it's limited to adults.

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.

What's the story?

In HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, shy teen Loren Tate (Brittany Underwood) gets a taste of fame when she wins a songwriting contest and simultaneously the affection of her longtime rock star crush, heartthrob Eddie Duran (Cody Longo), with whom her newfound stardom brings her close. Easygoing Eddie finds Loren to be a refreshing change from the cutthroat, manipulative culture he's used to, and their relationship is a constant force as each of their fortunes begins to change in surprising ways.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrities. How much of what we see and hear from stars do you think reflects their true personalities? Does their negative behavior ever have a positive effect on their popularity? Why do you think this happens?

  • Teens: What does this series aim to say about relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners? How does a person's life situation influence the relationships they seek and those they keep?

  • This series is a good stepping stone to discussions about family rules for media consumption, internet use, curfew, and dating. How do these rules reflect your family values? What role do they play in keeping you safe?

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Teen, 15 years old Written bynerdygirl37 July 13, 2012
age 12+
 

Fantastic

I LOVE this show. Loren (the main character) is a very positive role model. Hollywood Heights is considered a family drama so it's not very inappropriate. One of the characters owns a club so there's drinking here and there (all adults). There are some sexual references and a lot of making out. Overall this show has an amazing plot, and is a great alternative to today's teen dramas.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bybunnyboo1100 December 5, 2012
age 14+
 

I LOVE THIS SHOW!!

Its really good to relate to some things us teenagers go through everyday in this world. it teaches that if you believe in yourself you can make it no matter how mean and nasty other people can be. it also gives insight into love that in the mist of heartbreak you can find love in the last place you would ever look <3 fantastic show and im praying that it comes back on.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old October 15, 2012
age 10+
 

Hollywood Heights 12 year old review

i think that its a very good show its addicting and all the stuff that happens in the show may happen in real life there are some things in there that could really happen in real life so it may have a lot of make out sessions but its not like we the kids never have seen that before there is a lot of good role models in there loren tate melissa sanders and even eddie durran i really love this show and i hope it continues for a second season
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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