The Making of a Song

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Taylor Swift's promotional series highlights hard work.

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Positive Messages

Highlights the work and creativity that goes into songwriting and producing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's all about Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift.


Lyrics occasionally refer to disagreements, insults. 


Lyrics sometimes contain innuendo. 


The show is a promotional vehicle for Taylor Swift's album Reputation.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some lyrics talk about drinking, getting drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Making of a Song is a streaming series that features singer Taylor Swift writing songs and producing music for her Reputation album. Swift's fans of all ages will enjoy it, but the lyrics often contain sexual innuendo and references to drinking and relationship fights. 

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What's the story?

THE MAKING OF A SONG is a streaming series that offers a chance for fans to watch Taylor Swift's songwriting process. Filmed by Swift herself, it shows how she goes about creating and fine-tuning the songs released on her album Reputation. Viewers get to watch her write and memorize lyrics, play guitar and piano as she works on the rhythms that will accompany them, and eventually record a full version of the song. She's also shown sharing and discussing her music with her producer. At the end of each installment, the audio of the final version of the song is played and the lyrics are visibly written out for viewers to read for themselves. 

Is it any good?

This interesting behind-the-scenes series is a fun glimpse into Swift's personal creative process as she works on the tracts that appear on her album. The Making of a Song also showcases the length of time and the amount of effort it takes for her to produce a single song -- it's not a quick process most of the time. 

Swift is likable throughout, but hearing her belt out the same lyrics over and over again in an effort to get them right can be tedious for those not interested in the songwriting process. Nonetheless, fans of the singer will appreciate the look into her private world. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the creative process. What kind of work goes into writing and producing songs? Are you surprised by the work that goes into it? 

  • Why do you think Taylor Swift produced The Making of a Song? Is it to highlight what her professional life is like? Or is it intended to promote her music?

TV details

  • Premiere date: November 14, 2017
  • Cast: Taylor Swift
  • Network: DirecTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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