A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the hard work, creativity, patience, teamwork, and other skills that are required to be a commercially successful songwriter.
Positive Role Models
All of the contestants love music and creativity. Some of the songwriters have big egos.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional mild arguments between contestants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to people looking sexy. Lyrics occasionally contain some innuendo.
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Occasionally the word "s--t" is audible, while curses like "f--k" are bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this songwriting competition offers lots of insight into what goes into building a commercially successful career in the music industry. Expect lots of references to popular musicians, mild sexual references, and some strong language ("s--t" unbleeped; "f--k" is bleeped). Despite some big egos and mild arguments about creative differences, the contestants' focus is more on their craft than creating personal drama.
Is It Any Good?
The reality series offers some interesting and professional insight into what goes into the creative and competitive world of songwriting. Judges and writers offer details about what makes a song worth producing into a record, like what lyrics and melodies immediately grab audiences, and the importance of staying away from clichés.
There's some minor tension between contestants, especially when writing teams can't make their song work. But the show's focus is more about creative energy than on than heated reality drama. Also enjoyable are the musical performances, which often look like they've been produced for MTV Unplugged. Best of all, aspiring songwriters may learn something by watching.
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