Off Pitch

Common Sense Media says

Glee club-inspired reality is fun, but some iffy language.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series showcases the highs and lows of being part of a community glee club. Team work, the importance of the arts, and other positive messages are featured.

Positive role models

The group is passionate about what they do. They consider themselves a family, but some get jealous of newcomers.

Violence

Bickering occasionally breaks out between the group members. Minor mishaps (dropping microphones, falling stage parts) are common before, during, and after performances, but no one gets hurt.

Sex

There's not much sexy going on here, but one female performer likes to engage in some awkward underwear-revealing dance positions; women are also shown lightly slapping each other's breasts over their clothing during voice warm ups. A male group member pees in a bottle, but no nudity is shown.

Language

Words like "bitch," "crap," "piss," and "ass" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are fully bleeped.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Off Pitch is a humorous reality series about an adult glee club with some iffy language. There are also some occasional catty exchanges between group members. All this being said, the series is pretty mild, and most teens should be able to handle it. Expect some positive messages about the arts, working hard, team work, and being passionate about what you do.

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What's the story?

OFF PITCH is an offbeat reality series starring The Grand River Singers (GRS), the only all-adult community glee-inspired club in the country. Headed up by co-directors Rob Jones and Tim Rotvedt, the members of the La Crosse, Wisconsin-based group travel around from opera houses to corn fields performing their song and dance routines. Hoping take their act to larger and grander venues, Rob, Tim, and their stage manager Scott Jenks push their performers to sing louder, dance better, and dazzle their audiences. But tensions fly as the members compete for solos, struggle over new routines, and contend with each other's big egos. But in the end they come together to dazzle their audiences, and deal with the mishaps that occur before, during, and after every show.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Off Pitch offers a humorous look at the antics of an adult glee club, including rehearsals with less than talented members, behind-the-scenes jealousy, and of course, glittering performances at county fairs, shopping malls, and other locales. The individual performers' larger-than-life personalities and Rob and Tim's candid on-camera observations add to the fray.

They're not the hippest of groups, and watching singers' pants split and other mishaps unfold during some of their performances create some laugh-out-loud moments. Awkward responses from some audiences will also make you chuckle. The result is a show that's definitely on the goofier side, but one that allows you to appreciate the heartfelt passion these folks have for what they do.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about glees and glee-inspired music. What exactly is a glee? Why did this music and the types of singers who perform it change? Have shows like Glee made this musical tradition more popular today?

  • How does the media characterize people who perform in glee clubs and other kinds of performance-inspired pursuits? What are some of the stereotypes that exist about people who participate in these activities? Are shows like this one perpetuating these generalizations? Or are they challenging them?

TV details

Cast:Rob Jones, Scott Jenks, Tim Rotvedt
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Educator and Parent Written byWords to Live By May 2, 2013
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Funny and quirky

This show takes members who believe they are more talented than they are and gives them a wake up call into the real world. Just watched the episode where they didn't want to audition for solos and they are singers? What? The directors are hilarious and this show gives a perspective it is ok not to be perfect but you need to still work and have passion for what you do!
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Great messages
Too much swearing

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