A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
What famous people would you most like to meet? What would you ask them if you had the chance?
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