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.
The show illustrates the diverse talent of its cast members and celebrates the cross-generational appeal of good, clean comedy. Mild stereotyping is a necessary part of some of the parodies, including a flamboyantly clad Spanish instructor and exaggerated impressions of media personalities like Taylor Swift, but none of it is intended harmfully.
Positive Role Models
Generally positive characters, with some very mild stereotyping as a basis for humor.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick falls and collisions are exaggerated for comedy, but no injuries result. A recurring zombie character is said to eat his classmates (illustrated by body parts like arms protruding from his clothing), but nothing remotely violent is shown.
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Some instances of "butt," but no cursing.
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Products & Purchases
The show is a spin-off of another Disney offering, Sonny with a Chance, and features much of the same cast, so kids will be interested in that show after enjoying this one. Guest stars like Tony Hawk and musical guests like Selena Gomez get plenty of visibility from their involvement in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sketch comedy spin-off of Sonny with a Chance is an excellent choice for families. The show's skits poke fun at pop culture with characters like Jack Sparrow (who's really a sparrow), rapper Footy Scent, and The Real Princesses of New Jersey. The show is targeted toward tweens, but both parents and kids will appreciate its clean humor and memorable characters, even if youngsters don't pick up on the cultural references. Expect embedded marketing connections with other Disney shows and stars, like Selena Gomez. Also, important to note: The show serves as a replacement for Sonny with a Chance after star Demi Lovato left that show for personal issues reported to be related to an eating disorder, among other issues. Most tweens won't pick up on any of this, but be prepared for a conversation with any news-savvy kids.
Is It Any Good?
So there's one Disney show (Sonny) that centers on the lives of the actors in a fictitious sketch comedy (So Random!), which is now a real sketch comedy that stars the cast of the original series. The set-up may be confusing to those who aren't already Sonny fans, but it's not hard to get on board with the whole conglomerate once you've tuned in to So Random! The G-rated show sticks to family-safe content like grammar mishaps, safety-conscious crime-fighters, and unreasonable tantrum-throwing kids. Younger kids may not grasp the pop-culture parodies like Jack Sparrow (who's really a sparrow) and rapper Footy Scent, but at the same time, there's nothing to keep them from watching along with everyone else.
Of course, there's the unavoidable issue of blatant cross-advertising between the partner shows, and fans of each are bound to want to see the other, since the character pool is nearly identical (with the obvious absence of Sonny's titular star, played by Demi Lovato). The same holds true for the show's choice of guest musical stars, all of whom appeal to So Random!'s target tween audience. Expect some harmless stereotyping in parodies of stars like Taylor Swift and Willow Smith as well, but all of these are forgivable blemishes to what's otherwise a worry-free show whose talented cast gives it a cross-generational appeal that should appeal to families.
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