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I Ship It

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fandom-inspired musical comedy has innuendo, drinking.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Showcases how popular culture fandom can inspire creativity, relationships, etc. in the real world. Friendship and relationships are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are inspired by pop culture.

Violence

Occasional fights or exchanges are funny instead of angry or violent. 

Sex

Some moments of strong innuendo, including kissing and references to relationships. 

Language

Words like "damn" and "douche bag." 

Consumerism

Logos are purposely covered. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Shots, beer, and other alcoholic beverages visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Ship It is a musical comedy show that started out as a streaming series about fandom (the culture of being a superfan of a particular piece of media) and relationships (or "ships") within it. There's some sexual innuendo and strong language (like "damn"), too. Characters drink beer and down shots on occasion. But teens who are into "shipping" or fandoms might get a kick out of this quirky series. 

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What's the story?

Based on a 2014 digital short of the same name, I SHIP IT is a musical comedy series about a young woman who uses her fangirl fantasies to pursue her dreams. After being dumped by her boyfriend, fangirl and aspiring writer Ella (Helen Highfield) is looking for ways to create meaningful work. Her always supportive roommate and best friend Tim (Riley Neldam) agrees to start a band with her in order to participate in a battle of the bands, and compete against her now ex-boyfriend. Joined by interns Sasha (Yasmine Al-Bustami) and Denver (Jacqui Calloway), the gang engages in some musical creativity. But soon the relationships (aka "ships") she builds in her fan art have some interesting consequences, and sometimes collide with real-life ones. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted and upbeat show offers an entertaining look at fandom, which has inspired people to write stories based on popular fictional universes, and create unique relationships within them. This culture is a backdrop to the romantic comedy story world that's also presented here. Highlighting these "ships" (a term made popular on Tumblr ​​​​​) in musical form is a little quirky, but each 30-minute episode is written tightly enough to keep the plot going without allowing the singing to bog it down. As a result, I Ship It is a fun, breezy series that teens might appreciate. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the meaning of the word "ship" evolved into a popular term about creating relationships. Where is this term used the most?

  • What does I Ship It show us about the role that fan fiction and fan art play in popular culture today? Can you think of popular shows or movies that evolved from fan-inspired work?

TV details

For kids who love musicals

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