A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate.
The show paints a fun but inaccurate picture of adulthood, making the band members' laziness and immature behavior seem like positive personality traits. Potty humor includes discussions about trapping farts in a jar.
Positive Role Models
Tripp's mother is mostly absent throughout the show, and the adult band members he befriends are prone to general immaturity, juvenile pranks, and chronic laziness. In at least one instance, Tripp seeks a relationship with a girl based solely on her looks. Teen girls are sometimes cast as self-centered and unintelligent, which one explains by saying that it "doesn't matter that she doesn't get good grades because she's pretty."
Violence & Scariness
The show includes some outlandish stunts that should result in injury (sending a man flying in a human-size slingshot, for instance) but never do.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens flirt and mention "going out" with certain boys or girls, but there's nothing physical. Occasionally a teen refers to his love interest as "hot."
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No cursing, but occasional use of "stupid" and "butt."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while tweens will get plenty of mostly innocent, age-appropriate laughs from this show's over-the-top comedy, a few role modeling issues might give parents pause. Boys are sometimes shown favoring a girl's physical attributes over intelligence, and the show's three most prominent adults are a group of middle-aged rockers who take advantage of their host's hospitality with their immature behavior (they take out their frustrations on household furniture, for instance, and show no respect for other people's property). In other words, while it's lighthearted, the show isn't exactly realistic when it comes to portraying adult responsibility.
Is It Any Good?
True, there's no shortage of laughs in I'M IN THE BAND, but if you're looking for a show that at least attempts to blend reality and comedy, this one isn't for you -- or your tweens. From Tripp's mom's willingness to let three deadbeat rockers take over her house to their uncanny ability to weasel (pun intended) out of any jam they find themselves in, very little about the show's concept could be construed as realistic.
None of this is likely to be new to tweens familiar with the likes of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, but be sure to offer a reality check when necessary anyway.
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