TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lots of cursing, sexy stuff, laughs in edgy musical comedy.

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Positive Messages

You have to work hard and know who your allies are when working in the music business. Friendship and loyalty are also themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sara and Pierce are willing to give up working with certain people in order to keep moving up in the industry, but in the end they want to stay true to themselves. There are strange characters working in the music industry. 


There’s some pushing and shoving, but it's more slapstick than violent. Occasionally, characters are shown choking. 


Strong sexual innuendo, including lots of references to bedroom behavior during conversations and in song lyrics. Music videos featuring simulated sex acts and scantily clad people are sometimes shown. 


There's tons of cursing, ranging from "goddamn" to "s--t" and "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol, including wine, champagne, and liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Royalties is a fun series intended for mature audiences about a songwriting duo reaching for fame. There is a ton of cursing, ranging from "goddamn" to "s--t" and "f--k." Some episodes feature strong sexual innuendo, with simulated sex acts and scantily-clad models in music videos. Characters drink alcohol, and there's some mild slapstick violence, like shoving and pushing.

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What's the story?

ROYALTIES is a musical comedy about a songwriting duo trying to make their way to stardom. Aspiring songwriters Sara (Kether Donohue) and Pierce (Darren Criss) work catering jobs to support themselves while working on their songs. Luckily, they’ve got friend Theo (Tony Revelori), who lets them use his recording studio for free, and when they get their first big break, they catch the eye of successul manager Kendra (Georgia King). The pair soon finds themselves making their way through the music industry while meeting a lot of strange characters along the way. 

Is it any good?

This fun and edgy series offers lots of well-timed humor and solid musical moments as the songwriting duo works its way through the highs and lows of the music industry. Adding to the fun are appearances by some big name celebs, including John StamosMark Hamill, and Ed Asner. It’s quirky, and some may find the strong language a little over-the-top. Nonetheless, Royalties is a series worth watching if you want to be entertained and enjoy some laughs. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the function of swearing in TV shows and movies. What is the purpose of featuring so much cursing in Royalties? Does it add to the humor?


  • Do you think Sara and Pierce’s story is a realistic one? Is there any truth to it? Are any of the fictitious artists based on someone real?

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