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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, although kids are treated to a variety of dance styles and moves.
The show celebrates the bonds of CeCe and Rocky’s friendship and shows kids how having friends can help them overcome difficult situations. The girls must cope with overnight fame and improved social status among their peers as a result of their new jobs. The show presents a very sanitized view of teen life, inferring that there’s humor in every struggle and that no problem can’t be solved in a 30-minute window.
Positive Role Models
Adults are mostly absent from the show, giving teens an unlikely level of freedom. CeCe’s mom’s is a working single mom, so CeCe pitches in to help out with her younger brother. Her tactics are questionable (feeding him a milk-and-cereal smoothie for breakfast to speed the process, for example), but her heart’s in the right place.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens are flirtatious around the opposite sex, but it never goes further than that.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive about this sugary series that will entice pre-tweens, but it is another example of how tween-oriented sitcoms greatly oversimplify the reality of teen life for its young audience. The characters' troubles are easily overcome in the show's 30-minute timeframe, and the pressures of social status, family responsibilities, and school are glossed over in favor of humor. That said, the show centers on a likable pair of teens who value their friendship over everything else and are willing to put in the time to achieve their dreams.
Is It Any Good?
Disney churns out another entertaining series for tweens in SHAKE IT UP, a buddy comedy that celebrates the triumphs and pitfalls of friendship. CeCe and Rocky's big personalities get them into plenty of offbeat adventures, but through it all, their affection for each other trumps the bad stuff and helps them work things out. They learn that it's not always a smooth road to achieving their dreams, but they are dedicated, determined, and willing to work hard if it means getting what they want.
This series has all the markings of a typical Disney hit: colorful characters, upbeat music, and positive vibes all around. What's more, Shake It Up features plenty of modern dance moves kids might want to emulate. Its overly sanitized view of life won't work for more worldly tweens, and it certainly doesn't offer kids much quality content to sink their teeth into, but it's mostly innocuous for kids...as long as parents follow up with a reality check now and then.
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