A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In general, the Marias' merits are weighed with talent mattering the most -- but a singer's looks will often play a role in her success. The producers are looking for an actress who's spirited, playful, and fun but also a believable romantic lead.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Toward the end of the contest, the top five finalists take part in an acting class with a leading man that involves some kissing.
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Rare use of (mostly British slang) words like "balls," "bloody," and "snogging."
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Products & Purchases
The show was originally launched to sell tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End Stage production of The Sound of Music in 2006. Producers openly discuss their desire to find a universally popular Maria who will help sell tickets.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, thanks to the The Sound of Music's family-friendly source material, this British reality competition is relatively safe for kids. There's nothing graphic in the way of language, violence, or sex, although there's a bit of "snogging" between the prospective Marias and a leading man later on in the series. The bad news is that, because it already aired in the U.K., stateside viewers won't get to participate in the show's outcome. But since the stage production it promotes runs in London, there's a silver lining, too: Your kids won't expect you to take them to see it.
Is It Any Good?
If you and your family enjoyed BBC America's re-airing of the British reality contest Any Dream Will Do, chances are you'll also like Maria, which has the added advantage of being tied to one of the most popular musicals -- and feature films -- of all time. Thanks to frequent broadcasts of The Sound of Music on television and community revivals on local stages, everyone seems to know the songs.
And as for the spirited Maria, who was first brought to life on stage by Broadway icon Mary Martin and later on film by screen legend Julie Andrews? Well, she's a kid-friendly problem that few parents would mind having.
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