A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Communication is a major theme, and the series strikes a fairly realistic chord with regard to complex teen emotions and relationships. Confessionals give characters a chance to open up about how they feel about themselves and their peers, what inspires them, what they hope for the future, and so on. As in real life, the picture isn't always rosy; there are personality conflicts, moments of self-doubt, unrequited crushes, and strained friendships. Personal struggles include coping with a parent's death and trying to escape harsh living conditions and family influence. On the other hand, there are personal victories, budding love, and friendships that help the teens overcome difficult circumstances. A diverse cast and some excellent musical performances round out the show.
Positive Role Models
All of the teens are passionate about music and finding their unique voice through their talents. It's a common bond that bridges gaps between them and helps them relate to each other. Many personalities are represented in this show, from gregarious and fun-loving to intense and reserved, but they form friendships that transcend their differences. There's even some healthy competition among them, as they're vying for exclusive spots on a live performance tour.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens flirt with each other and dance around the issue of mutual attraction, often through the music they play. Some are forthcoming with their feelings, but others are shy and slower to put themselves out there for the people they like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost & Found Music Studios is a scripted drama series geared toward tweens that's designed to look like a reality show. It follows teen musicians who collaborate in an after-school program and work toward the chance to go on a live tour sponsored by the music studio. The show explores their musical accomplishments as well as the relationships they forge in the close quarters at Lost & Found. Predictably there are romantic involvements, friendships, and a healthy dose of social and musical rivalry among the cast, but there also are many instances in which people of different backgrounds and musical persuasions bond over their shared passion. Some characters are dealing with stressful situations, such as the recent death of a parent or negative influence from a wayward family member, but overall the tone is positive and self-affirming.
Is It Any Good?
This quality drama will entice tweens with its attractive cast and the engrossing evolution of their many relationships. It's pretty soapy; there are love triangles everywhere you turn and emotional backstories that complicate the characters' friendships (and sometimes rivalries). It's a complex web of personalities, rivalries, successes, and failures, and it's easy to get caught up in all the goings-on. But even with all the teen issues at play, Lost & Found Music Studios is mostly appropriate for tweens, and the messages are mostly positive and self-affirming, emphasizing the value of friendship and the healing power of self-expression through music.
And speaking of music, viewers are treated to numerous musical performances on the show, both solo and group and representing many different styles. They also get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to writing and performing music, and it illustrates the link between emotions and music.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.