Making the Band

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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MTV gets in the music-making business.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Groups struggle to get along, and some members are closer than others. Diddy pushes contestants, sometimes to their breaking point (running six miles and then practicing a dance routine, for example).

Violence
Sex

Sexual lyrics and provocative dancing.

Language

Most swearing is bleeped out, with the exception of "hell," "bitch," and "damn."

Consumerism

After each band is created, they pursue making and selling an album. The series serves as a way to build a fan base.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking, drunken episodes, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is about the winners of a dancing/singing competition. Cast members are usually friendly and supportive of one another -- fights occur, but they're played up for drama. Sean "Diddy" Combs is instrumental in creating the bands, expecting a successful -- and profitable -- outcome. Episodes have included back stories of the type that can be heartwarming yet troubling to young viewers (one band member visited New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, another left children back at home, etc.). Each member is expected to be sexy, good at dancing, physically fit, manageable, and a strong singer from the get-go. Drinking, provocative dancing, and playing up female members' sexuality are commonplace. Lyrics are sexual and meant for a mature audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylaurahutch April 9, 2008

Blech

Sorry but I have to disagree that this is only "iffy" when it comes to social behavior. Last episode I watched (before turning it off for good) was Se... Continue reading
Adult Written bymorningglory April 9, 2008

Best show on MTV

I love the show. The girls are great. I hope to see them around for a while. Sean may have came across the right girls. They are cute and sexy and they all have... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byHOLLISTERshortty April 9, 2008

Alot better

This show is alot better then this site gives it credit for. There are no sexual lyrics and just a little bit of provocative dancing. The girls arent mean and i... Continue reading

What's the story?

MAKING THE BAND takes viewers on a multi-season competition as thousands compete for the coveted position of being in a music group created by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Once a band is selected, the "firsts" of their career are turned into a new round of episodes -- ending with the release of their first album. Each group of five bandmates lives together while recording the album, practicing dance numbers, and promoting their upcoming release. Only one band is created at a time, and the show follows them for two to three seasons. Once the band has launched an album, the competition begins again.

Is it any good?

The series' most enticing element is that viewers see what happens after the struggle -- a feature that's often lost in programs like American Idol and Project Runway. Making the Band has had many makeovers and lived on a few different networks. O-Town (There and Back: Ashley Parker Angel) -- a boy-band jumping on the bandwagon of 'N Sync and The Backstreet Boys -- was created during the first round of the series on the WB and barely made it off the county fair circuit. When the show landed on MTV, Diddy took it to new heights. After creating Da Band, a collection of male and female hip-hop artists, in Making the Band 2, Diddy decided it was time for the ultimate girl super-group. Invoking the powers of the Spice Girls, Making the Band 3's multi-season journey began, looking for five girls to take over the world.

While each group member's talent is admirable, the series is best for mature audiences. It will appeal to younger teens -- and maybe even tweens -- but keep in mind that some group members are over 21, and they act as most young, hyped, recently signed people might in their position.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the members of the group and what drives them in this type of competition. Are success and fame guaranteed? How do members handle their sudden celebrity status while juggling their new relationships with their bandmates? Do any artists stand out from the rest of the group? Are the groups created for the series inspiring in any way? Could the series be one big marketing ploy?

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