A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show, which follows an all-female band trying to get their big break, includes plenty of discussion about the women’s bisexuality, plus sexy costumes and skimpy bikinis. The show also contains some salty language ("bitch" is audible, while "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped), drinking, and lots of catfights.
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What's the story?
THE ELECTRIC BARBARELLAS follows a five-piece electronic pop group trying to successfully break into the music business. After a four-year search that has exhausted her life savings, Heather Naylor recruits wild Missy Marie, model Raven Elise, comedian Gynger Fluellen, and girl-next-door type Chelsea Costa to join her band. Now living together, they record music, promote themselves, and play venues in order to develop a following and make their mark. But while Heather, with the help of assistant Roxann, struggles to find industry insiders willing to help the group get to the next level of their careers, she also discovers that the other women aren't always as willing as she is to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve stardom.
Is it any good?
The series offers a rather scripted behind-the-scenes look at what goes into developing and promoting an all-female band. Despite some mild hype about the group members’ bisexuality, most of the show is focused on the women's colorful personalities. The result is a show that focuses on big egos and lots of petty catfighting, rather than featuring the ladies working on their craft.
Despite the group’s attempts to mix the sexually entertaining flair of The Pussycat Dolls with the empowered feminine images made popular by groups like the Spice Girls and singers like Lady Gaga, the rehearsals and performances featured here may have you questioning whether they have any real talent -- let alone why they have a reality show. Some folks will like watching the glammed-up women argue over silly things, but outside of this, there really isn’t much going on here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to become a successful music group. Is having talent a requirement? What other kinds of things do groups have to do in order to break into the music business? Do you think all bands start out the way these women are?
Why do so many musicians focus on acting and sounding sexy, even when their music is being marketed to kids? Do you think this behavior is necessary to become a commercial success in the industry?
Artists like Lady Gaga choose to discuss sex and sexuality in their music as a way of empowering themselves. Do you think this is effective and/or appropriate? Why or why not?