I'm in the Band



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.”


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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

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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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old July 29, 2011

Good show! It's funny!

One member always tries to make the other band members do the right thing.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byG1S1 January 19, 2013

Best Show There Ever Is and Was on Disney :)

I'm going to say that all the other reviewers are nuts....since when does it come to realistic shows and parent's responsibility! The show is amazing....yeah you have some ridiculous things in it .. and that's why it's a good show, we like those ridiculous things and the show attracts people who don't watch flipping Disney too... it attracts Metal fans :\ i'm one of them and i like this show, Tons just because of everything in it, there isn't any other show like it...and Kickin' It isn't that good..... to be honest that attracts little children and we have too much Martial Arts stuff already :/ on other channels or in Movies, the concept of '' I'm In The Band '' is kind of unique that's why it's good.....most people LIKE TERRIBLE PUNS if you don't like em well then run along, everyone appreciates ridiculous humor, actually every kind of humor......terrible puns are unpurposely set there :D
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Adult Written byGingerSnaps October 13, 2011

It's stereotyping 101 for your children.

It's full of stereotypical humor that most parents don't bother to sit down and discuss with their children. Band kids are called "friendless nerds" by high level school staff, average looking girls are literally pushed out of "hot girl only" parties, and children that enjoy school are considered extremely weird. It's a very backwards show and if it didn't push "cool" vs. "loser" so much, I wouldn't mind it. Profanity is also another issue, however it's rare. 8 is much too young for this type of show unless you really don't mind sitting down with your child and discussing what your child just saw. Though, most parents use the television to do the teaching so, I doubt many bother.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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