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Parents' Guide to

Shake It Up

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Dance-themed series offers a simplified view of teen life.

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 77 parent reviews

age 7+

friendship and loyalty valued

If I could separate the seasons, I'd give the first season 4 stars, as this was before Gunther and Tinka got on. Those characters are annoying. VERY annoying!! Especially with their fake Russian accents! Having said that, this show is a good show, for it teaches valuable lessons about friendship and loyalty to friends. CeCe and Rocky are always there for each other, no matter how rough things get. Now that's loyalty! Academically the show is balanced too. Both try hard in school. Yet while Rocky does well in school, CeCe does not. Although most kids who try hard in school will do well, some will always have the same problems that CeCe does. Kids- and adults- need to know this. This show does a good service to point this out. Some life lessons to be learned here. May Zendaya and Bella Thorne have long dancing careers!
age 8+


Shake It Up is super cute! My 9 year old daughter wanted to watch a show that had dancing b\c she is on a dance competetion team and loves to dance. she watches this show a lot and I sometimes watch it with her. Cece is more of the rebellious one and Rocky is the "Goody 2 shoes" and worrys if their parents are going to find out their scheme. The Gunther and Tinka characters have a very fake russian accent. The show is funny and my daughter always gets the funniest comebacks from it ( me:"Do you need me to get you more water?" her:" If I wanted water I could just go outside to the hose and fill it up myself". Also the theme song is super cute and my daughter always dances to it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (77 ):
Kids say (291 ):

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 long as parents follow up with a reality check now and then.

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