I'm in the Band

Common Sense Media says

Plenty of tween laughs, but reality isn't a big concern.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate.  

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

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.”

Language

No cursing, but occasional use of “stupid” and “butt.”

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A radio contest turns into the chance of a lifetime when 15-year-old Tripp Campbell (Logan Miller) wins a dinner date with his favorite rock band, Iron Weasel. Hoping to persuade them to take him on as their new guitarist, Tripp offers the three band members the spare room in his mom’s house, and the guys are quick to ditch the van they’ve been living in and make themselves at home. Soon Tripp’s living under the same roof as his musical idols -- Derek Jupiter (Steve Valentine), Burger Pitt (Greg Baker), and Ash (Stephen Full) -- and jamming with them on a daily basis. But with this group of oddballs, mishaps and mayhem are never far away.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this show offers a realistic view of what adult life is like. In what ways are the band members iffy role models for Tripp? Do they ever set a good example for him?

  • Kids: Who are some of your role models? What do you admire about these people? What attributes do you look for in someone you want to emulate? Have you ever been disappointed by a role model?

  • What famous people would you most like to meet? What would you ask them if you had the chance?

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Kid, 12 years old August 1, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Average Disney Channel Show :/

My brother loves this show, and he watches it a lot when I babysit him. It is definitely NOT a favorite of mine, but I admit it is very funny sometimes. I DO NOT like the messages in some episodes, however. In one episode the band is teaching a group of kids to be "rock stars", and by doing that, they say the kids must learn to be rebellious. There's a boy in the group of kids who likes classical music, but they try to teach him to be a rebel (basically sending out the message that classical music was for losers). I did NOT like that at ALL! I am only 12 and I prefer showtunes and classical music and opera to most of the music today, and that does NOT mean I am a loser. What's worse is that if young kids watching this see that in order to be a famous rock star, you need to rebel against your parents, they'll believe it. I would, though, like to clarify one thing: some of the reviews here that I read mention that the show said "dumb a**" in one episode. I saw that one, and actually, he said something like: "For once, they wrote a song called "Dumb Ash" and it wasn't about me!", seeing as the character's name is Ash and he's very dumb - that's the joke. Young kids probably won't catch that the song was actually supposed to be called "Dumb a**", that he's just being his usual nutty self--though parents may not want their kids hearing that. Other than these things, it's okay for kids 9+.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old April 16, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Some instances aren't the best

Actually, the did use the word "ass" in one episode. I'm 11 and sometimes I wonder If I should be watching this. Still, my 4th favorite TV show.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old December 28, 2010
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9
QUALITY
 

ok for tweens

Its an okay show but I wouldn't recommend it for young kids. It has some sexual stuff like " I wanna smell vanilla neck". Or some bad messages and bad role models. The music in it might send kids 7 and under a bad message. Some episodes have a little bit of violence and threatening content if there is such a thing. I hope this helps.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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