Pop Innovators

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Celeb fans will enjoy backstories, including challenges.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights the impact individual artists are having on popular culture, and underscores what inspires and drives them to do what they do. Overcoming challenges and other themes are featured, like poverty, violence, and other social issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Those featured on the show are noted as people who have challenged and transformed popular culture. Some of them have succeeded in overcoming a variety of socioeconomic challenges and/or go out of their way to give back to the community.


Some folks grew up in violent neighborhoods and talk about it.


Featured song lyrics, music videos, and film scenes are often sexual in nature.


Words like "damn" and "hell" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


Companies like Apple, Twitter, and Intel are referenced, but not in a commercial context.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References are made to drinking and drugs, including taking Ritalin as a child.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pop Innovators is a reality series featuring success stories about celebrities. Though mostly positive in nature, some of their backstories contain mature themes that include references to violent upbringings and drugs. Lyrics and film scenes containing mild sexual content are also featured, and the language can get strong ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped). Kids will be drawn to the conversations with their favorite celebs, but parents may want to preview to see if younger kids can handle it.

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What's the story?

POP INNOVATORS is a reality documentary series featuring celebrities that experts from the E! network have deemed as people who have reimagined popular culture. Each episode features some backstory about and exclusive interviews with folks who have earned the title, like Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, actress Gwenyth Paltrow, and late-nite host Jimmy Fallon. Colleagues, friends, and members of their family are also interviewed. From personal challenges and thoughts about their career successes and failures, to efforts they've made to give back to their communities, each person reveals the details of their lives that drives them to disrupt current trends, create their own personal style, and continue to reinvent themselves.

Is it any good?

Pop Innovators offers viewers some insight into what drives celebrities, including their childhood, family and friends, and even rejection. It also highlights some of the creative thinking that goes into the work they do, as well as how they managed to build a place for themselves in the entertainment industry. How they feel about the fact that what they are doing will leave a legacy is also discussed.

Some folks may be surprised by the people who are named as popular culture innovators, as well as the reasons why they've been nominated. Fans of those selected will almost certainly find the show interesting, but even if you don't think the celebs featured here are deserving of the title, you may find some details about them that may surprise you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what inspires people. Do successful artists and performers go out of their way to challenge popular trends, or are they just being true to their style? What makes them keep going, even when they fail? Who do you think has made notable contributions to our popular culture today?

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