Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Docuseries promotes album No. 2 from likable Brit singer.

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Positive Messages

Viewers get to glimpse life behind the scenes as a pop star plans and records his latest album and travels the world to promote it. Even though everything's coming up roses for Ed at this juncture, he recalls past bumps in the road and acknowledges the harsh uncertainty of his future success in a refreshingly realistic way. Viewers will see that stardom doesn't always come at a cost and that good guys can get ahead.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ed's self-deprecating demeanor gives him a boy-next-door aura that's very likable and makes it easy to root for him. As celebrities go, he seems unaffected by his rising fame and holds to consistencies in his life such as longtime friends and hometown ties. 

Violence
Sex

In one scene, Ed talks about a hypothetical celebrity with a "supermodel wife he bangs every night."

Language

Rare instances of "ass" and "hell," and name-calling such as "prick," "d--k," and "douche bag." 

Consumerism

The show is a promotion for Sheeran's music. A lot of name-dropping goes on as Ed talks about artists who have helped inspire and shape him. Current collaborators Taylor Swift and Pharrell talk about their appreciation for Ed's work. Other familiar names such as Elton John and Jamie Foxx are mentioned, as is iTunes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It doesn't happen often, but the occasional scene shows adults smoking and holding beer bottles during interviews. In at least one case, Ed is shown with a lit cigarette between his fingers, though he doesn't smoke it on-screen. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran follows the recording artist through the final months leading up to his second album's release. Scenes of him interacting with fans, giving concerts, and working in the studio alternate with interviews in which he talks about the ups and downs of his career. Most of the content is fine for fans who will want to watch (including the teen set), but you will hear some name-calling such as "prick" and "d--k," plus the likes of "ass" and "hell." Sexual references are fleeting and typically fall to slang such as "banging," and there is some drinking and smoking on-screen, including a scene that shows Sheeran holding a lit cigarette. On the upside, the series shows Sheeran to be humble and grounded in spite of his rising fame and fortune. 

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What's the story?

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran opens his doors to an MTV video crew in NINE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF ED SHEERAN, a docuseries that chronicles his daily activities and the process of making his second album. After a breakthrough first album, Ed feels the pressure to follow up with even greater success in this new project, and he finds inspiration working alongside music front-runners such as Taylor Swift and Pharrell. As cameras follow him around the world, viewers get a backstage pass at concerts, in the studio, and alongside the celebrated star when he visits his favorite London haunts.

Is it any good?

On one hand, Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran is a blatant advertising initiative for the artist's sophomore album. Viewers are treated to sneak peeks of some of the songs and get to hear how they relate to Sheeran's life experience. There's also a three-for-one quality about the series since you'll also hear from his pals Swift and Pharrell, who speak to their firsthand experience with Sheeran's talent.

But, despite its commercial purpose, the series proves an enjoyable ride-along with a rising star who's far more humble than he is haughty, and that spells good things for fans who want more reasons to like the talented Brit. Yes, he gives you a sample of what it's like to stand on a stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, but he spends just as much time in quieter spots such as his childhood home, talking about his dreams and how he defines success. Even Swift and Pharrell talk about being struck by his unwavering adherence to who he is and what he wants his music to mean. What this says to viewers -- and starry-eyed teens in particular -- is that stardom doesn't always have to come at a cost and that good guys can get ahead, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how celebrities handle their fame. What kinds of negative behavior often makes the news where celebs are concerned? Does this ever change how the public thinks about them? Can bad press be a positive thing for them? 

  • Is Sheeran among a minority in being a singer-songwriter rather than only a performing artist? How much does a star's physical appearance and showmanship play into his or her success? What does this say about society's definition of talent?

  • Sheeran's life story shows that he's taken some knocks in his pursuit of his dreams. Teens: How far would you go to see your dreams come to fruition? Is success worth every sacrifice? Why, or why not? 

  • Are you familiar with Sheeran's work? Do you like his musical style? What quality do you think endears him to the likes of Taylor Swift and Pharrell, who could have their pick of musical collaborators? 

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