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Catty music biz drama makes for an engrossing soap.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012

What parents need to know

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

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.


Some heated arguing.


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.


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking with allusions to characters' past overindulgences.

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.


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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:October 10, 2012
Cast:Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 don't get an edge this way: Through being easy. In a way, it's prostitution. Except you get a contract and not money. As if we weren't stereotyped enough! And this music ISN'T COUNTRY! If I ever see this junk filming where I live I will go up and ask Hayden Panettiere why she's letting this show make a mockery of us. I better stop before my anger gets the better of me and I really start getting mad.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 hence my 3 stars for the show. There is a lot of drinking/drugs as well in this show. Overall if you don't watch this show, you're not missing out on anything.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl October 4, 2012

Only two episodes in, but I already like it!

Nashville is a drama about being in the music business. There's one character who sleeps with her coworkers to get them to support her, and there are a few kisses between boyfriends and girlfriends, and husbands and wives. There is also some sexual tension between former lovers, even though one of the two is now married. I'm sensing an affair coming on here. Then there is some drinking, as one story arc surrounds a bar. Language is mild, but being only two episodes into this show, this might change later on. There are family issues between an estranged father and a grown daughter. No violence whatsoever. This seems like a really intriguing show, and I am definitely interested. Plus, there are some FABULOUS original songs that come with it. I'm not a country music fan myself, but even I am engaged in the lovely music. I think anyone who likes a good juicy drama should try this out. ;)
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking