A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The positive aspects of sports and competition are addressed, but they're frequently overshadowed by the soap opera-like goings on. Characters manipulate each other frequently, and there's lots of melodrama.
Positive Role Models
Characters sometimes behave in selfish ways to get ahead. A teen girl attempts to sabotage a competitor's chance at beating her in a gymnastics meet; when she fails, her wealthy father buys and blackmails her way onto another team. She's also rude to her peers, mocking them for things like worn clothing and her family's low socioeconomic status. On the flipside, an unlikely trio of teammates must draw on their inner strength -- and one another -- to overcome new challenges.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens sleep together (no sex shown). Some kissing between teens. Teen boys comment on girls' appearances ("she's hot," for instance), and terms like "booty call" pop into casual conversation.
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A few instances each of words like "hell," "damn," and "bitch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one of the main characters in this tween/teen-targeted sports drama is a snobby, spoiled girl whose father condones her unsportsmanlike behavior by buying her way onto another team when she loses an important competition. She's rude to rivals and "friends" alike and is quick to pass judgment on people based on things like appearance. Also expect some intermittent strong language and sexual content (teens kiss and sleep together, though no sex is shown). That said, the series does explore the positive aspects of athletic competition and the traits that make for a successful athlete and a unified team.
Is It Any Good?
MAKE IT OR BREAK IT is a true underdog tale with an appealing heroine in Emily, who struggles to fulfill her dream in the competitive -- and often elitist -- world of gymnastics while she balances her family's financial struggles. It's easy to cheer for her in her rivalry with snooty Lauren, and there are some positive messages about acceptance and respect to be found in her evolving relationship with less-judgmental teammates Kaylie and Payson.
Since there's some salty language (multiple uses of "hell," "damn," and "bitch") and mild sexual content (though physical exchanges are limited to kissing) -- including a forbidden romance between teens -- the show is best suited for older tweens and teens. Though most of the content is fairly mild, the teens' behavior (particularly Lauren's) could send negative messages to young tweens about competition, sportsmanship, and relating to peers. And even if your kids are older, it's a good idea to follow up with them about any similar behavior they encounter among their own friends and acquaintances.
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