Instant Star



Tweens and parents will adore this star.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character is coming of age and learning that fame often means becoming a role model; her songs speak to teens about real emotions (not just pop love songs), and she's a strong female character for young girls. She chose to stay in school instead of taking her record company up on their offer of a private tutor.

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Light sexual innuendo, kissing, typical teenage flirting.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character is an average teen girl learning to navigate her newfound success while attending public high school. She could potentially inspire wannabe musicians as she learns lessons about the business, including responsibility, how to treat people who devote themselves to your success, and how to become a role model. Various love interests keep the drama coming, but nothing is too risqué.

What's the story?

INSTANT STAR puts 15-year-old Jude Harrison (Alexz Johnson) center stage as she embarks on a music career. After winning Canada's largest singer/songwriter competition, Jude attempts to navigate a new career, high school, and all things teen. The series follows Jude through the many transitions required in changing from an everyday teen into an admired songstress. Issues like heartbreak, friendship, and family are prevalent; in past episodes, Jude has had to deal with a jealous older sister, decide whether to stay in school or take her record label up on their offer of a private tutor, and learn to accept herself for who she is. Adding to the drama is Jude's love life, in which she is torn between Spiederman of The Spiederman Mind Explosion -- Jude's band -- to former boy-bander-turned-producer Tommy (Tim Rozon). As a result, many of Jude's songs (all of which are performed by the star) are full of self reflection, lost love, girl power, and teen angst, and lyrics range from "I'm not gonna change for anyone" to "My happiness fell off the track/I'd do anything to get it back."

Is it any good?


Falling somewhere between the giddiness of Hannah Montana and the dramatic angst of My So-Called Life, Instant Star speaks the language of young teen girls. In an age of pop stars and other young women who are famous for being, well, famous, parents will be glad to see their tweens looking up to a singer/songwriter who questions the world around her.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Jude's drive and ambition. Is it better to strive for fame or for excellence in your art? Does Jude make a good role model for tween girls? What could she be doing better? Who do your kids look up to? Has this series made your tween interested in pursuing music?

TV details

Cast:Alexz Johnson, Kristopher Turner, Tim Rozon
Network:The N
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byInstantstar_Fan April 9, 2008

I miss watching Instant star because its not showing in Canada anymore

Teen, 14 years old Written bycutecoolgirl2000 May 30, 2012

Great show for teenagers but not kids.

I love this show and i'm 14, I think it's great for teenagers, however i've seen two episodes and they say ass and crap and in one of them Jude's sister,who's about 17, gets drunk and in the other Jude,who's 15 kisses a 22 year old man, however both episodes show positive messages for teenagers,but not for kids, i'm not sure why it's on nick as that channel has lots of 6-12 year olds watching and I don't think they'd understand the positive messages, however it's a brilliant show which i'd recommend to all 12-17 year olds.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bysexi_kitten24 May 24, 2010


This show is one of the best show ever aired on television!! I love it and miss it a lot. I wish new episodes would appear out of nowhere but as we all know that is not going to happen :(
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