Make It or Break It

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Gymnastics series mixes competition and teen drama.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 64 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence
Sex

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.

Language

A few instances each of words like "hell," "damn," and "bitch."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byasmit4 July 22, 2009

Great for teens..enough gritt, but with morals...

All teen dramas these days seem to have more sex, drinking, drugs etc. than in the 80s and 90s. Yes, this show carries those same themes but I wouldn't pla... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 year old Written bymychildrensadvocate April 29, 2011

Very questionable- even for teens.

We used to watch the show with our daughters, who are gymnasts. However, we have recently had to delete recorded episodes before they have a chance to see it. T... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycbar04 July 21, 2015
I've watched a couple episodes of this show. From what i have watched, the girls have starved themselves (the girl who does this had an eating disorder), h... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEliteDreamer April 9, 2014

It's the Type of Trash You Love to Watch... Not Very Appropriate

I'm 13, and I found this show online one day. I decided to watch it. It's trashy, addictive, and inappropriate, yet amusing, sad, and attention grabbi... Continue reading

What's the story?

When gymnastics newcomer Emily (Chelsea Hobbs) is invited to train alongside some of the country's most promising athletes, she's greeted with a cold shoulder from her new team's three stars -- Payson (Ayla Kell), Kaylie (Josie Loren), and Lauren (Cassie Scerbo) -- who view her arrival as a threat to their club dominance. With a shot at the Olympics on the line, ultra-competitive Lauren will stop at nothing to end Emily's hopes. But when the underdog pulls through to claim Lauren's spot on the team, Lauren's wealthy father bribes and blackmails his daughter's way onto a rival squad, setting the stage for plenty of drama -- both in the gym and out of it.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about competition. What are the benefits of taking part in a contest? What types of contests have you participated in? How did you prepare for them? How did your skills improve as you trained?

  • Parents can also use the characters’ behavior to learn about their kids’ own peer relationships. Have you ever felt like an outsider among your peers? How did you overcome the situation? How might you help someone else who’s feeling that way?

TV details

For kids who love sports

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