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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tender, lovely series is "Friday Night Lights" onstage.

TV NBC Drama 2018
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Appropriate for teens

Really liked this first episode. I appreciate some parental involvement in the children’s lives. Enjoyable for both teens and adults.

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With a bunch of high schoolers under the direction of a passionate teacher, this drama has the setup of Glee, but it's sweeter, deeper, and more sympathetic. The emotional beats are much more similar to Friday Night Lights, which is not a surprise, since Lights executive producer Jason Katims is also at the helm of this show. And at the helm of the cast is Mazzuchelli, whose big, searching eyes and compassion for his students will immediately win viewers over. Soft-hearted viewers might even well up.

They might also find themselves getting choked up during the rehearsal and performance scenes in Rise, when the talented young cast -- particularly Cravalho and Gillespie, who have voices beautiful enough to raise chills. If you saw Moana, you already know Cravalho can sing, and as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she's tender and easy to root for. All the characters are, in fact, and not just onstage, but at home too, where we follow them to find sick parents, strict Catholic parents, absent parents, and siblings with big problems and special needs. It won't take long before you'll want to spend more time in Rise's world -- and sing along.

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