The Glee Project

Common Sense Media says

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.

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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.


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


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
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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.

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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?


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

Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2011

The Glee Project

The Glee Project is Oxygen's most family-friendly reality show on the air at this time. The show is really inspiring and enjoyable for people that watch the show Glee, like myself. The show takes on the formatting of Glee which is fun to see. Me and my mom started watching this and now we're in love with the show so, it's a great way for parents and their children or siblings to bond. The contenders on this show are actually talented and inspiring. I really do hope this show stays on the air and turns out even better.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old July 7, 2011

Okay for 12 and up and encourages kids to be who they are

The Glee Project is an amazing show that many people overlook as simply "just another singing competition". Project is not just another singing competition. it is unique, and encourages kids to be themselves and be okay with who they are. It is an addicting show that i consistently watch on On Demand. There is use of the word "sexy" and some language has to be censored. I think it is okay for ages twelve and up because kids will be most entertained with it at this age, and the material will be appropriate for them. Just remember that even if you see just one episode and think that it is ok for your child under twelve, like some are, another week the material may be totally different. I <3 the Glee Project!! WATCH IT!!! :) -GO TEAM DAMIAN!- :D
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byocie14 June 22, 2011

Entertaining and fun

This show is actually really good. Fans of Glee should like it, as it has the same message as Glee. There are some bad role models I guess. And some swear words, but the worse ones are beeped out. I recommend the show to everyone who likes Glee and reality TV.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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