A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although overall the series celebrates the friendships within the band, the characters' individuality, and their love of music, there's plenty of iffy behavior -- from pranks and strong flirting to arguments and name calling.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are fairly typical (or at least stereotypical) tween boys -- they make fun of their friends, ogle girls, plan pranks, etc. And the lone parental figure is absent most of the time. On the up side, the cast is notably diverse, and the characters have strong friendships.
Violence & Scariness
Injuries are sometimes played for laughs. For example, after a light fixture falls on an obnoxiously loud man's head, he's shown covered in an abundance of ice packs and gauze bandages. There's some slapstick-type humor, too (i.e. crotch hits).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A fair amount of innuendo for a tween-targeted show. Mild flirting scenes highlight the awkwardness of young love. One female character wears very short skirts and skimpy, midriff-baring tops. Alex has a crush on a babysitter.
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"Oh my God"; name calling ("booger," "jerk") is common.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series picks up two years after the The Naked Brothers Band Movie. Because much of the material is inspired by the real-life group of friends who star in it, tweens (especially boys) will find a lot that parallels their own experiences. The show has friendly "pranks" (like rigging a bucket to dump water on a boy's head), short-lived (though heated) verbal arguments, and some adolescent sexy-ish references. On the positive side, each episode showcases the stars' impressive singing and songwriting talents.
Is It Any Good?
Written and directed by the Wolffs' mom, Polly Draper (thirtysomething), The Naked Brothers Band was inspired by the boys' youthful musical talents, which date from their preschool days. The series keeps it all in the family, with Draper's jazz composer husband, Michael Wolff (The Arsenio Hall Show), co-starring as Nat and Alex's musically inept (onscreen, that is) dad. And Draper's niece, Jesse, lends her talents as the Wolff boys' flighty-but-devoted babysitter.
All in all, the series fares far better than the parent movie did. A little maturity has gone a long way for the young stars, who now tend to steer clear of divisive subject matter and stick to topics that their tween audience will relate to -- like the awkwardness of a budding romance between Nat and Rosalina and the occasional playful prank among the guys (vapor rub instead of hair gel -- ouch!).
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