The Glee Project

 
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Glee-inspired reality contest is inclusive and inspiring.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show supports Glee's message of accepting all kinds of people -- especially "underdogs" -- and glorifying individuality. Talent and personality is more important than having traditional good looks.

Positive role models

The contestants who make the final 12 represent individuality, diversity, hard work, and talent, and many have overcome obstacles or endured bullying to ultimately find their niche with music. There's some minor cattiness, but the overall feel is positive and supportive.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Scant sexual innuendo, rare use of the word "sexy," etc. One contestant is a flirt and tends to use her body to attract attention. At least one challenge involves kissing and sexual situations.

Language

Mild terms like "crap," "suck," and "blow" (as in, "this sucks," "this blows").

Consumerism

The show directly promotes the Glee brand, which has already produced more Billboard chart-toppers than Elvis Presley and spawned a franchise of other products -- from apps to video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this second-generation singing contest is generally a great pick for older kids, with obvious positive messages and strong role models. But if you decide to let younger kids watch, be prepared for some mild language (including words like "crap" and "sexy") and rare sexual innuendo (stemming mostly from one flirtatious contestant), with at least one challenge that involves kissing. Kids who watch might want to see the original show, which has edgier content. The show also directly promotes the Glee brand and, in turn, sales of Glee music and other products.

What's the story?

THE GLEE PROJECT is a reality talent competition designed to test the singing, acting, and dancing skills of 12 young performers who are vying for a seven-episode arc on the hit Fox television series Glee. While prepping for weekly themed challenges -- each of which comes with a vocal homework assignment and a guest appearance from a different Glee cast member -- the prospective TV stars do their best to perform to potential and let their own unique personalities shine through. The judging panel includes casting director Robert Ulrich and Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you love Glee, it kind of goes without saying that you'll love The Glee Project. Because not only does it have all of the base elements that have made Glee so successful -- including impressive talent, infectious songs, and quirky characters -- it also has weekly guest appearances from the actual Glee cast members you've come to know and love.

Cross-promotion like that is pretty genius, not to mention remarkably convenient, since Murphy and Ulrich can use runners-up from The Glee Project to cast fresh faces and exciting new voices on Glee for years to come.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's message, particularly when it comes to including all kinds of people on television. How does this show -- and Glee -- shatter commonly held stereotypes? How can being more inclusive on TV reduce problems like bullying and harassment in schools?

  • Do you prefer watching the highs and lows of real people on The Glee Project to the scripted dramas of characters on Glee? How do the two series cross-promote each other?

  • How do these contestants measure up as role models?

TV details

Network:Oxygen
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymbreezy921216 December 1, 2012
 

glee is a good show

it is a good show and i think all kids 9 and up should be able to watch the show.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 22, 2012
 

glee project

Families can talk about the show's message, particularly when it comes to including all kinds of people on television. How does this show -- and Glee -- shatter commonly held stereotypes? How can being more inclusive on TV reduce problems like bullying and harassment in schools? Do you prefer watching the highs and lows of real people on The Glee Project to the scripted dramas of characters on Glee? How do the two series cross-promote each other? How do these contestants measure up as role models?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bymaycollins March 3, 2012
 

Great show.

This is an amazing competition show. Even after watching just a few episodes, i already liked it more than glee. Nothing really inappropriate happens. All the bad words on it can be heard by any family with a teenager. The only reason i would hold back on showing it to a kid is because then they'd want to watch glee, which isn't as okay for younger kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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