Parents' Guide to

Making Menudo

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Boy band reality show keeps it clean for tweens.

TV MTV Reality TV 2007
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Despite the fact that so-called "boy bands" have largely gone into hibernation, the producers of MAKING MENUDO are desperately trying to revive the tired fad. And they're betting it all on the "Menudo" name, a 20-plus-year-old brand that might evoke nostalgic memories for some parents but may not resonate with the tweens and teens the show is targeted at. The show's creators did a fine job rounding up prospective young band members between the ages of 13 and 17 who will appeal to boy-crazy young girls. And they've also taken great pains to make sure that the show's content remains relatively tame for young viewers. After all, they wouldn't want to alienate their target audience.

Both Wright and Coury take their jobs so seriously that they practically scare the boys (and any young viewers watching) away from the musical business entirely. But, given the low percentage of child stars who actually emerge from the business unscathed, perhaps that's a good thing.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 25, 2007
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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