Parents' Guide to

School of Rock

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Decent messages, fun music in movie-inspired series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Good (but money?)

Come on! who needs to pay too much. NICKELODEON!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism
age 5+

Why they only switch out the dark skin African Americans

We our big fan on Damarion Hall and he's a great kid since he was replaced we will not watch it. 1 season only please.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (20 ):

It's immediately obvious that this series is trying to match the magic of the original School of Rock, but it comes up a little short. Cavalero is decent as the overgrown kid Mr. Finn, but he's no Jack Black, and the students range from borderline obsessive (ahem, Summer) to freethinking and freewheeling. Of course, kids who haven't seen the movie won't care that the role has already been mastered, and they'll love the hilarious fallout from this totally cool -- but entirely inept -- teacher.

School of Rock's stories raise some issues that beg for follow-up with your kids, particularly when it comes to Summer's mild fixation on turning Freddy's head. It also would be valuable to remind kids that this kind of disregard for rules and more orthodox education (no, history and science aren't "the boring stuff," Mr. Finn) doesn't fly in the real world. It's also a lot of fun to see the guest stars from the music and Nickelodeon worlds pop up on some episodes.

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