Name That Tune

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, classic musical reboot has some mild innuendo.

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

Positive Messages

It’s a game, and played in good fun, but there's also some serious money to be won. 

Positive Role Models

The series is produced in Australia, and the contestants are a mix of American and Australians who are both Black and White, and on occasion from ethnically diverse communities. Bandleader Randy Jackson is Black. 

Violence

Frustrated contestants bang on their podiums, but this is more funny than violent. There's also some good-natured, but competitive, banter between contestants. 

Sex

Song titles and lyrics (when played) often refer to love and romance. Stronger innuendo (like references to making love) is occasionally present in some song titles, and in some of the hosts' brief banter. 

Language
Consumerism

The titles of popular songs across genres are named. It's based on a classic series, and there's prize money at stake.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some songs refer to alcoholic beverages, and on occasion people talk about needing a drink. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Name That Tune (2021) is a reboot of the classic 1952 game show in which folks guess the names of popular songs for cash and prizes. While it’s an overall fun and family-friendly series, there’s some occasional mild innuendo, only some of which will go over kids’ heads. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat February 11, 2021

Very good! Not 5 star material but, still good!

My mom and amp; I watched this last night. My mom said she used to watch it when it was on. I thought the very first part was kinda boring but, when it got to t... Continue reading

What's the story?

NAME THAT TUNE, a contemporary TV reboot of the original 1952 game show, features contestants identifying songs for a chance to win cash and prizes. Host Jane Krakowski guides two contestants through the game, which requires them to name songs chosen from a board of categories. The catch? They can only listen to some of the notes of each song, which are performed by Randy Jackson and the Name That Tune Band. If a contestant names a song correctly, s/he/they earns some cash, and then their competitor gets a crack at it. As the game progresses, and the stakes are higher, prizes are also awarded. The person who banks the most cash at the end of the second round gets to keep it and move on to the final "Golden Medley" for a chance to win $100,000. 

Is it any good?

This lively revival of the classic game, which began airing on the radio in 1952, and then on TV until 1985, offers lots of musical fun as folks guess the names of pop songs from past and present. The contest is fast-paced enough to keep your attention, but provides enough suspenseful pauses to keep you guessing about what will happen next. The responses and reactions of the contestants are fun to watch, too. 

The game is played pretty much the same way it was played in earlier versions, but this Name That Tune reboot isn’t very nostalgic. Meanwhile, the song performances are reminiscent of what you would probably hear at a wedding reception. But the overall series is fun and family-friendly, and will no doubt keep you entertained throughout. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why game shows are often revived after being off the air for years. Is it because they were once popular? Or because creators have run out of original ideas for new shows?

  • If you had a chance to reboot an old game show, which one would it be? How would you adapt it for contemporary audiences? Would you change the way the game was played? 

  • Did you know that long-time TV host Kathie Lee Gifford was once a singer on the original TV version of Name That Tune? Is this what helped her become famous?

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