The Latest Buzz

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween-friendly laughs, OK role models in Canadian sitcom.

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Positive Messages

The show features teens who have set goals for themselves and who work (at varying degrees of devotion) toward producing a quality magazine. In some ways, their relationships are more mature than those of the typical young teens on TV because of the coworker component, but there's still a lot of mischief and mishaps among the characters. Recurring themes include building friendships, teamwork, and seeing a task through to its end.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some teens -- like Rebecca -- are industrious and motivated to do well in their work. Others spend more time goofing off than they do actually working onscreen, but they all share the goal of turning out a successful magazine. DJ is young and hip enough to relate to her young staff but sufficiently seasoned to inspire them and offer sound advice.

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Sex

Some very mild flirting among teens.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Latest Buzz is a Canadian sitcom about the teen writing staff at a struggling magazine called Teen Buzz. It gets much comedy mileage out of assembling a range of high school personalities and watching what happens as relationships develop among them. There's some flirting, and romance ensues (and eventually dissolves and ensues again . . .) between two couples over the course of the show. On the upside, it shows teens turning their passions into job skills and collaborating on a marketable product with a supportive mentor.

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What's the story?

In THE LATEST BUZZ, a struggling teen magazine adds high school interns to its writing staff to authenticate its content and increase its readership. Friends Rebecca (Zoe Belkin) and Michael (Demetrius Joyette) are thrilled with the opportunity, taking on the student issues and gossip columns respectively for Teen Buzz. They're joined by sports and gaming guru Wilder (Munro Chambers), music writer Noah (Justin Kelly), and fashionista Amanda (Vanessa Morgan). These five teens and their editor, DJ, have their work cut out for them if they're going to make Teen Buzz a success.

Is it any good?

As tween sitcoms go, viewers could do worse than this understated series that shows high school students engaged in gainful internships and learning how to produce a quality product. The characters are believable and engaging, and kids will enjoy watching their relationships -- both friendships and eventual romantic involvements -- evolve over the course of the show. Of course there also are plenty of funny antics typical to an ensemble cast in close quarters, and personality quirks that entertain as well.

Rebecca and Amanda's friendship has its moments of high drama as the two girls vie for boys' attention and compete for top honors in the press room, but ultimately they're friends who have their share of small tiffs. The bottom line? The Latest Buzz isn't flashy or edgy, but it spins a solid story around decent teen characters to whom tweens can relate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens are presented in TV shows like and movies. Which characters in The Latest Buzz seem to share your values? To what degree are negative qualities like vanity and egotism played for laughs?

  • How effectively does DJ mentor her young staff? Teens: In what areas of your life do you look to a mentor for guidance and help? Why are role models important?

  • What are your teens' passions? Can they be turned into jobs and/or careers? Is it important to love what you do for a living, or is it enough to provide a marketable service? Should personal fulfillment come from your work?

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