A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This is a soap opera, so it's all about relationships. The cast is primarily Caucasian but does feature several people from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. The majority of musicians featured on the show are male.
Positive Role Models
Characters argue and have petty disagreements.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments and fights break out over competing love interests. The club's bouncer sometimes has to get rid of rowdy patrons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo, including kissing and heavy petting. Some characters make lewd movements when discussing sex. References to stripping. Words like "slut" and "vaginas" are used. One character's nickname is " The Douche."
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Uncensored strong language ranges from "stupid" and "hell" to curses like "bitch," "f--k," and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
The series is a blatantly promotional vehicle for a variety of independent bands, including The Kooks, Phantom Planet, and Passion Pit. All the bands featured on the series have pages on MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and/or YouTube. Beverage logos like Red Bull and Heineken are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The series is set in a club, so alcohol is always present. There's lots of beer drinking; consumption of hard alcohol (scotch, vodka, gin) is also visible. Sometimes club patrons get drunk. Characters are also occasionally shown smoking joints and getting high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because this soapy drama from Gossip Girl/The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz airs online instead of via broadcast TV, it has fewer content restrictions than most primetime shows. Language is strong ("s--t," "f--k," etc.) and uncensored, and there's plenty of drinking, as well as some drug use. There's also some sexual innuendo (including references to being "slutty") and lots of relationship drama. The show, the characters, and the featured bands (which get lots of promotion on the show) all have an extended online presence on sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube.
Is It Any Good?
Like any typical soap opera, Rockville features endless conversations about the romantic entanglements among the diverse cast of characters. But what makes this series unique is the fact that it uses actual bands' performances as the backdrop for these stories. That means it also serves as a clear promotional vehicle for these bands, who surely don't mind the opportunity to increase their fan base and online presence.
It's an interesting concept, but (not surprisingly) the show's focus on the edgy independent music scene leads to iffy behavior, including lots of drinking and occasional marijuana use. Some of the conversations and song lyrics contain profanity. And while the series doesn't feature anything particularly explicit, there's plenty of sexual innuendo. Older teens should be able to handle it, but it's not a great choice for tweens and iffy at best for younger teens.
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