A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Producing music takes work, collaboration, and creativity.
Positive Role Models
The musicians and the music featured vary across different genres and styles. Each episode reveals how the composing process is a creative way of telling a story.
Violence & Scariness
Conversations and lyrics sometimes address violent themes like death, frustration, and anger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some lyrics make references to love, romance, extramarital relations, etc.
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Strong language like "goddamn" is audible in lyrics, and curses like "f--k" are spoken during conversations.
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Products & Purchases
Instrument labels like Yamaha and Steinway & Sons are visible. So are Apple computers. The songs featured are from popular albums and musicals.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Song Exploder is a documentary series based on the podcast of the same name. It features popular musicians sharing the creative processes that went into one of their hit recordings. There's some cursing ("goddamn" is audible in lyrics, and curses like "f--k" are spoken during conversations), and on occasion cigarette smoking is visible. Topics like death, extramarital affairs, and other mature themes are mentioned, but within the context of the creative process.
Is It Any Good?
Each roughly 25-minute episode of this interesting documentary series offers viewers a chance to understand how some of today's most popular songs, scores, and soundtracks came together. Singers like Alicia Keys, rappers like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and bands like R.E.M. share details about what inspired them, some of the unique aspects of the composition, and how they feel about the work today.
Overall, Song Exploder offers an insightful look into the creative process and explores how some of the music we love came to be. Thanks to the outstanding sound quality of the series, which replicates that of the podcast from which it's adapted, listening to the series is just as good as watching it. No doubt that music lovers will appreciate what is being offered here, but even those without a musical background will appreciate knowing more about what goes into creating the music we love.
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