Majors & Minors

Common Sense Media says

Positive, inspiring music reality show for whole family.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The series exposes viewers to a variety of musical styles and gives them a glimpse at the creative process behind songwriting and staging performances.

Positive messages

The series puts a positive spin on reality talent shows, focusing on collaborative creativity rather than cutthroat competition and foregoing the elimination process entirely. The goal is to help this pool of talented, diverse kids reach their individual potential and to celebrate their journey as solo artists and as a group. Messages about perseverance, self-confidence, respect for differences, and following your dreams are strong throughout the show's progression.

Positive role models

Mentors encourage the kids to share their ideas, which are incorporated into the music and performances. They offer constructive feedback and guidance without harsh criticism, and the kids respond by putting their trust in the pros. For their own part, the participants are open to new ideas, accept the challenges put before them, and find common ground with their diverse peers.

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Language

No cursing, but there are some slang terms like "sick."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this inspiring musical series proves that it's possible to make reality TV that's both wholesome and appealing. Although there's a record contract at stake, the show doesn't hold eliminations, which ensures that the cast members collaborate without ulterior motives and value their peers' creative input. Celebs like Sean Kingston and Adam Lambert offer positive feedback, and other experts encourage and incorporate the kids' ideas into the performances. All of the lyrics, dance moves, and costumes are age appropriate, and the mentors focus on cultivating the young artists' individual potential rather than turning them into marketable icons.

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What's the story?

MAJORS & MINORS brings together a dozen of the nation's most talented young singers to be mentored by top music gurus like Avril Lavigne, Brandy, and Colbie Caillat. The 12 participants, who range in age from 10 to 16, attend a virtual music fantasy camp, learning dancing, stage presence, vocals, and songwriting skills from some of the industry's most renowned leaders. Each week the singers perform before a live audience, singing original songs that they co-write with the pros. Because there are no eliminations, the cast remains intact throughout the season, though one lucky winner is awarded a recording contract at the show's conclusion.

Is it any good?

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Bucking the trend of sensationalist talent competitions, Majors & Minors is a symphony to the eyes and ears of families struggling to find a wholesome niche in the reality TV genre. This series does the seemingly impossible by creating a feel-good show that spotlights inspiring talent without resorting to controversy or quirky characters to keep viewers' attention. These kids will amaze you with their abilities, but even more so, you'll be amazed at the show's determination to focus on the positive aspects of creative collaboration and the infinite potential that exists in nurturing, rather than berating, natural talent.

 

The most obvious reason for this departure from the likes of American Idol and even America's Got Talent is that there's no elimination process, so there's little reason for competition among the participants and no reason for viewers to single out a favorite. Sure, the kids are aware that one among their ranks will walk away with a record deal, but they're so immersed in learning and being inspired that they're more than happy to work with their peers rather than against them. There's no end to the positive messages in this harmonious show that's sure to strike a chord with families.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality TV. Which reality shows have you seen? How does this one compare to others? Do you think any one show is more "real" than the others? Is it ever possible to see true reality through a camera lens?

  • Kids: What are your special talents? How do you nurture them? Do you foresee using those talents in a future career? If so, how? If you could learn a skill at the hands of a mentor in that field, who would it be? 

  • Kids: In what ways does this series promote diversity? Do you think the media does a good job overall reflecting the diversity of our country? Do stereotypes exist on TV and in the movies? Are these harmful to viewers?

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Kid, 11 years old October 9, 2011
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4
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Great Show

It is a great show that allows kids to sing there heart out!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 2 years old October 22, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

Talent?

Boring! There was nothing special about these kids.If anything, the "talent" was just average.

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