Real Country

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively country music competition follows usual format.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Country music is fun, full of heart, requires a lot of talent to perform. Common country music themes like love, drinking, breakups, etc., are highlighted. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The judges have a sense of humor but aren't cruel in their evaluations of performances. Contestants are talented and eager to succeed.

Violence

Occasional verbal arguments or conflicts. 

Sex

Romance, breakups, relationships are common song themes. 

Language

Words like "damn." Occasional crude references like "balls." 

Consumerism

Acts perform popular country songs. Some episodes pay homage to specific celebrity singers.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An episode focuses on songs about drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Real Country is a reality music competition that features up-and-coming country singers. It has lots of popular country music songs, which are mostly family-friendly, and a bit of banter that references drinking and other grown-up behaviors. Episodes explore traditional country themes, ranging from love and breakups to conflicts and alcohol abuse. If your family loves singing competition shows but has been missing the country angle, this show might be right for you. 

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What's the story?

REAL COUNTRY is a reality competition featuring some of country music's up-and-coming singers. Hosted by Graham Bunn, each episode features three acts performing country music in front of stars Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and Jake Owen in a singing showcase. In the first round, fans get to vote on their favorite. The judges make determinations in the second. Special celebrity guests also may join in. The winners of each showcase perform against each other in a grand finale in hopes of being recognized as country music's next breakout star. 

Is it any good?

This upbeat series features singers performing music that reflects the themes and values of the country music genre. While some of the judges prefer more traditional country crooners, others look for acts that offer more contemporary and diverse versions of country songs. But regardless of their preferences, they're looking for acts that are authentic. 

There are some mildly crude remarks, as well as lots of references to drinking and other adult-oriented behaviors. But much of this is characterized by the cast as being part of country music culture. If you are a country music fan and can look past this, Real Country will prove itself to be a fun viewing option. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why country music is so popular in some areas of the U.S., and so unpopular in others. Do you like it? Why or why not? 

  • What kinds of things are characterized as being traditionally country by Real Country's judges? Do you agree with their assessments? Or are those just stereotypes?

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For kids who love music

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