Nashville

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Catty music biz drama makes for an engrossing soap.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message is murky when it comes to characters' ethical choices. Positive choices don't always pay off, while negative choices often yield rewards. Other themes explore the harsh realities of the music business and the influence of political power.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters function as foils in almost every way, and the show derives drama from their differences. Rayna represents an older, wiser, and more principled mindset while Juliette is younger, impulsive, and unscrupulous -- but neither character is wholly "good" or "bad." Both have flaws and virtues, although Juliette is definitely painted as the villain.

Violence

Some heated arguing.

Sex

Sexual activity is suggested with steamy kissing and bare shoulders under sheets, etc., but there's nothing overt. One of the main characters (a teen girl) is extremely promiscuous and sleeps with multiple partners.

Language

Audible language includes "hell," "damn," "shut up," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking with allusions to characters' past overindulgences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nashville is aimed at families with older kids and will probably appeal to both parents and teens. But there are some sexually charged scenes, albeit brief, that include steamy kissing and suggested nudity, along with a teen character who sleeps with multiple partners. Language is mild, with audible words like "hell," "damn," and "shut up," and there's some social drinking with allusions to alcoholism.

 

User Reviews

Adult Written byCelestine E. September 27, 2013
Adult Written byMatt B. February 26, 2015

A soap opera that pushes the TV-PG limit.

This show has sexual material, violence and murdering, lots of drinking and some strong language. The violence and murdering can be pretty intense, the sexual r... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHeq073198 October 12, 2012

Makes me ashamed to be a Nashvillian.

Filth. It makes me grieve for my city. I love living in Nashville and I love the city's culture. I pray to the good Lord my favorite up and rising stars do... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydancing girl December 11, 2012

OK show

Just a warning to parents: there is a lot of sexual- related stuff in this show. So it's not exactly appropriate. The show is fairly interesting to watch h... Continue reading

What's the story?

In NASHVILLE, there's a battle brewing between two talented country music artists: fading country queen Rayna James (Connie Britton) and rising superstar Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Rayna's label wants her to tour with Juliette to boost her flagging sales. But Rayna's staking her comeback on some new songs from a talented pair of virtual unknowns (Australian singer Clare Bowen and Cornish singer-songwriter Sam Palladio). Meanwhile, Rayna's husband (Eric Close) is running for mayor with her powerful father's (Powers Boothe) backing, and Juliette is trying to steal Rayna's lead guitarist (Charles Esten) -- and former lover.

Is it any good?

If you can't take Glee's syrupy pop sweetness or bear the Broadway razzle-dazzle of Smash, Nashville just might be the place for you. Being a country music fan isn't a prerequisite either, thanks to an ear-pleasing soundtrack that mixes lots of different country styles -- from alt-country rock to straight-up CMA hits. Listen up, and your ears will thank you.

Nashville also earns points for casting talented leads who can not only talk the talk, but also sing their own notes. Britton is more than believable as a once-unstoppable country queen, and Panettiere is pitch-perfect as her chart-topping rival. But Bowen and Palladio's beautifully haunting blend is the real find -- and we dare you to catch their Southern accents slipping.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids tend to look up to popular young musicians like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry. What qualities do they have that make them such appealing role models? When celebrities mess up, how can kids learn from their mistakes?

  • Do you think Nashville is an accurate representation of what goes into being a country music star? Do the main characters remind you of any real-life country music artists?

  • How important is making money in the music business? Does the desire to be profitable negatively affect the art of music-making? Would you be willing to compromise your artistic principles if it meant you could be wildly successful?

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