A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights the competitive and sometimes cutthroat nature of the entertainment industry, and the kinds of things young performers must do to succeed in it.
Positive Role Models
Felides cares about his clients, but can be blunt to the point of rudeness. He encourages clients to get plastic surgery to meet the industry's expectations. The kids are often more professional than Felides' staff.
Violence & Scariness
Felides yells and sometimes insults the kids (like calling them "losers") as a way of motivating them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Words like "slut" and "ho" are frequent; references to sexual acts, condoms, and "the clap" are also audible. These conversations take place with older kids and adults. Men are visible in tight-fitting (and sometimes bulging) underwear; older teen performers often dress in short, sexy outfits.
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Words like "goddamn" are occasionally audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computers are visible. Contains references to Broadway musicals like The Tap Dance Kid and popular music and performers, including Michael Jackson. New York City venues like The Apollo are also featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine) visible over meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Next Big Thing features an unapologetically blunt performance coach who occasionally insults or yells at kids. He also advocates plastic surgery and other physical changes to be successful in the entertainment industry. The series also contains some strong language ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped) and lots of sexual references (including teens and adults in tight underwear).
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look into the behind-the-scenes world of the child performer, and at the kinds of things coaches expect them to do in order to be successful in show business. It also showcases some of the talented young performers who are just starting to make a name for themselves in the industry. Disagreements between Felides and some of the parents creates some friction, too.
The over-the-top personalities featured here, as well as some of the cast's singing performances, creates a fair share of fun moments. But it also reveals a darker side of the industry, including endless hours of training, difficult rejections, and the pressures placed on talented people at an early age to surgically alter themselves in order to meet industry expectations. It's entertaining, but you may also be troubled by some of what you see here, too.
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