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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are some nice takeaway life lessons.
The show emphasizes the importance of family and friendship, and the guys learn positive (if obvious) lessons about staying grounded and appreciating what really matters in life.
Positive Role Models
Despite their celebrity status, the brothers and their parents strive for a "normal" existence at home and school. They're unassuming and unaffected by the throngs of young girls clamoring for their autograph everywhere they go. Girls often act silly around them (stuttering, giggling, even fainting), but the guys quickly put them at ease. Even the developing romantic relationships offer a positive example for tweens -- as the girls and guys move slowly from friendship to something more, they communicate their feelings openly, and they always respect each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting; lots of female fans have massive crushes on the three guys -- and they're sometimes chased by throngs of adorers. Dating becomes a stronger theme of the show starting in season 2; Joe and Stella's relationship develops beyond mere friendship, so there's some hand-holding and and close embraces.
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Products & Purchases
Obviously the Jonases are part of a mega-marketing franchise (clothing, music, books, etc.), but there's no direct product pitch in the show. Each episode incorporates a few selections of the guys' music.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this upbeat series stars the Jonas Brothers as members of an ultra-popular teen rock band. While the show isn't necessarily based on the guys' real-life selves, their characters do have the same first names, and the "fictional" band's name is Jonas, making publicity for the Jonas Brothers an unavoidable byproduct of the series. The show's move to Los Angeles in its second season changes its tone to a degree, and viewers will find more mature themes like dating and the guys' explorations of their individual endeavors taking the place of the slapstick antics of the past. But true to form, the JoBros still manage to send positive messages to kids about family ties, self-acceptance, and healthy relationships.
Is It Any Good?
Jonas, Lucas, Midas -- no matter what name the trio uses, the result seems destined to be golden. It speaks to the Jonases' immense likeability that they can star in a show that's so entwined with their real-life selves (they don't even change their names, for heaven's sake) and still not come across as self serving. On the contrary, their charm and chemistry are bound to win over viewers who aren't already on the Jonas bandwagon.
The show's move to L.A. means a focal change from the guys' attempts to stay grounded in the "real" world to the decision to embrace their celebrity status and the opportunities it offers. This gives the show a more mature feel (the guys are on their own, after all) and opens the door to developing romances for both Joe and Nick. But despite these changes, the JoBros prove they're still the poster boys for kid-friendly entertainment, and the show imparts positive messages about healthy teen relationships, communication, and, of course, strong family ties.
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