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Parents' Guide to

Marching Orders

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

College marching band docu good for music-minded teens.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Eye Opener

This show exhibited terrible character in leadership roles, lack of common sense as far as having enough uniforms for the amount of girls selected to be flag twirlers. The band was phenomenal in all aspects, section leaders were decent. Just if youre going to try to encourage somebody, let it be genuine...not cause you feel like thats what youre supposed to say, its meaningless. Might as well keep it to yaself at that point. Flag twirling captain really needs to look into the mirror, she is big just like the other girls, rude, disrespectful...talks about people while they are present, like they arent there but barks orders just because she is upperclassman. Its okay to correct a freshman, but to call them dumb...especially in front of the squad, is unprofessional. It was obvious she never cared for any of the girls that had to leave the squad, she shouldve just shut up. Somebody chose you to LEAD BY EXAMPLE. ON AND OFF THE FIELD. In college you are to graduate, and are expected to be professional by the end of it...youre a veteran and you just act like a bully big ass sister. Do better.
age 16+

"Expert Review" left out a few details.

After finding very few parental guides on this show, it was relieving to find something on this site. However, the "expert" reviewer left out a few details (like the uncensored religious expletive in episode two and the skin-tight outfits).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A rich, fascinating subject is ultimately underserved by this series' much too brief running time. Each episode runs between 10 and 13 minutes long, and it never feels like enough time to explore any person, situation, or relationship with any kind of depth. Having access to 300 college students all trying to work together and maintain a legacy of greatness should provide fertile territory for compelling storytelling.

Unfortunately, the makers give the viewer very little historical context about the band to keep the audience invested in their success. We hear that the band has played at the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl and that they're the champions, but it's never clear how long this legacy has lasted, or why, out of all the historically black colleges in Florida, this school has produced such a successful band program. Instead, the show features lots of practice footage with the band members spouting platitudes about how hard you have to work and how fortunate they are to be part of the band. It's inspirational, for sure, but what could have been an eye-opening, inside look at the complexities of college-level band performance and the ways that participating impacts the lives of the students winds up being a pretty superficial treatment of the subject matter.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 3, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 27, 2022

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