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 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.
Talk to your kids 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?