Skating with the Stars

Common Sense Media says

Family friendly, but neither stars nor skating impress.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show reveals that hard work can pay off and that athleticism is important. Popularity is important, but it doesn't exclusively determine a skater's fate.

Positive role models

Most of the skaters are working to win, and the best continue to improve their skills as the weeks go by. There's a collective sense of fun, too, and no one's overly competitive.

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A few routines might require "sexy" movements and/or skimpy outfits.


Mostly body part euphemisms like "toosh" or "trunk," with rare use of words like "damn," etc.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this celebrity-driven reality series is generally safe for family viewing, although there might be a few mild expletives (like "damn") you wouldn't really want your child repeating. There's also the potential for sexy dancing or skimpy costumes.

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What's the story?

SKATING WITH THE STARS pairs six celebrities with six professional ice skaters for an elimination-style ice skating competition. Each week, the couples learn a new skill -- and a new routine -- and face each other on the ice to demonstrate how well they've mastered the technique in question. They're subsequently judged on their artistry and technique, and the lowest-scoring couple is sent home. Celebrities include Bethenny Frankel (Real Housewives of New York City), Brandon Mychal Smith (Sonny with a Chance), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Rebecca Budig (All My Children), Olympic skiier Jonny Moseley, and Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil.

Is it any good?


Even those who defend Dancing with the Stars are bound to feel a bit cheated by this uninspiring spin-off that showcases neither a) truly impressive ice skating or b) a truly impressive roster of stars. After all, when Frankel, a Bravo reality regular, gets the coveted last-skate billing, you know you're somewhere in C-list territory. And while it isn't realistic to expect amateurs to land stunts that some professionals train for years to master, aren't flashy jumps like the triple axel what die-hard skating fans really want to see?

If it's authentic ice skating you're after, it's far more rewarding to watch the pros partner up for group exhibitions -- or see judge Johnny Weir take to the ice to skate to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" -- but those fleeting moments hardly warrant tuning in for the rest of the show. It should also be noted that TV execs tried the stars-on-ice format before with 2006's Skating with Celebrities ... which aired for exactly one season before it was canceled.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's format and the popularity of celebrity competitions. Would this show be more or less compelling if regular people were competing instead of celebrities? How does it compare to Dancing with the Stars, the show that inspired it?

  • Does it surprise you that ice skating is a lot harder than it looks? How long and hard do professionals have to train to develop the triple and quadruple jumps we've come to expect in Olympic competition?

  • Why did these stars sign up to be on the show? Other than the thrill of the experience, are they getting anything out of it?

TV details

Cast:Bethenny Frankel, Johnny Weir, Sean Young
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 8 years old December 28, 2010
I take skating lessons and this is a great show
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Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots November 29, 2010

Not That Good

I love Dancing With the Stars and figure skating, so I had high expectations for the show--expectations that were definetely not met. First of all, I thought they would have some celebrities I've heard of, but I've only haerd of two of them. Maybe I was expecting too much since it was only the first week, but I also thought the skating would be better than it was. Overall, unless you're a huge fan of one of the celebrities, I don't reccomend it.


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