Parents' Guide to


By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Broadway musical drama with big stars, some sexy stuff.

TV NBC Drama 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Fun entertainment for adults only

Well done and entertaining but definitely not for kids. No role models in this one. The messages are not very positive, many of the characters operate in extremes and make poor choices. That being said, the singing is good and the story can draw you in if you like the entertainment world. Looking forward to Season 2 with Jennifer Hudson.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

realy good

well i am a guy first off but that did not stop me from loveing this show and i think you will like it too just be careful with smaller kids due to some sexual content and brief mild language but other than those issues good show

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Sprung from the mind of execustive producer Steven Spielberg, this carefully produced primetime musical with a big-name ensemble cast certainly wants to be taken seriously -- and it makes a convincing case. Less certain, however, is whether the series will have broad audience appeal that will make it the Smash it means to be. After all, musicals aren't for everyone, and convincing the masses to watch week after week can be an uphill climb. (But, hey ... it works for Glee.)

The difference, of course, is in approach. While Glee dives right in with zippy dialogue, zagging plots, and autotuned pop songs, Smash asks more of its audience by doling the action out at a much slower pace and building most of its soundtrack from original songs, with just a few Top 10 hits thrown in to keep things familiar. It's a quality show for sure, but at least initially, it lacks the magnetism of the Hollywood icon it pays homage to.

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