Parents' Guide to

Sun Records

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid docudrama chronicles early days of famed record label.

TV CMT, Nickelodeon Drama 2017
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Great show! I love this show and recommend it to everyone!!!

Wonderful for all ages. Shows a time period that many of todays adults and children dont know about. Great show and an alternative to all of the reality tv.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This period drama is more entertaining than authentic, offering a stylized version of the historic events that led to the rise of rock music. It's organized as a series of vignettes telling the life stories of Sam Phillips, as well as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, while pointing to key moments and events that helped them evolve into music legends. It also showcases other figures in their professional lives, including Ike Turner (played by Kerry Holiday), Elvis' hustling manager Colonel Tom Parker (Billy Gardell), and radio disc jockey Dewey Phillips (Keir O'Donnell).

There's a lot of attention paid to recreating the overall look and feel of the era, which includes culturally integrated racism. It also consistently points to the influence of gospel and other African-American inspired-music on the genre. However, those looking for accuracy in the timeline will disagree with the creative license taken during the storytelling process. It also drags its feet when it comes to revealing how the trio comes together, and their actual launch towards stardom. No doubt that fans of early rock and roll will enjoy the overall viewing experience, but Sun Records needs a bit of fine tuning.

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