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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this refreshing series' script (which offers genuinely funny moments) doesn't rely on shocking or inappropriate plot devices to keep viewers interested, nor does the violence associated with the rap world infect the Miller home. The Millers are somehow like a modern-day Partridge Family (without the cheesy hair and duds) who play music together because they love the music and because they love each other.
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What's the story?
ROMEO! is based on the real-life young rap star Lil' Romeo (who has outgrown his Lil' title) and his father, Master P, also a rapper and successful producer and record label owner. The fictional family is named Miller, and Romeo has an older sister, a little brother, a foster brother and a father who works to maintain balance in his career and his home life.
Is it any good?
Plot-wise, the series will appeal to tweens who spend time trying to figure out they're becoming. Working hard to embody your natural potential is a theme here. Romeo's talent is something that he works on, rehearsing at night in the mirror (a tender moment, when seen through the eyes of an adult viewer), and it pays off. Romeo! is a pleasant surprise because it integrates family values with the showbiz world. Real-life issues of aspiration and sacrifice do pop up, but the environment in which the Miller family exists is much safer and more protected than expected.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that the dad is constantly touring. At the outset of the series, the kids are left with babysitters or neighbors; later, a stepmother takes care of them. How might his absence affect their lives? Also, does Romeo's desire to be cool keep him from doing some things that his nerdier foster brother might do?
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