Parents' Guide to

Rock the Cradle

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Music stars' kids compete in mostly tame series.

TV MTV Reality TV 2008
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Hosted by actor/MTV personality Ryan Devlin, the series offers music fans a chance to watch a new generation of performers try to hit some winning notes. But much of the show's appeal lies in watching their mega-star moms and dads -- like Kenny Loggins, Olivia Newton-John, Bobby Brown, M.C. Hammer, Joe Walsh (the Eagles), and Tom Johnson (the Doobie Brothers). Happily, despite the endless attention they get during the show, these legends act less like celebrities and more like any genuinely proud, loving parent as they cheer their kids on. They also point out that, despite their own personal success and occasional stage parenting, it's important for their kids to work hard and make it on their own.

This fun show will appeal to music fans of all ages, but there is some sexual innuendo and a bit of strong language (words like "crap" and "hell" are used frequently, while those like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped). The series also includes conversations about anorexia, addiction, and jail that might be a bit mature for younger viewers. But for older tweens and teens, this is an enjoyable show that demonstrates that breaking into the music biz takes passion and lots of hard work, no matter how talented or famous your parents are.

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