A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Participants' appearances are sometimes nitpicked by the judges, and there's plenty of infighting among the panelists and the band members alike. Some contestants take their rejections hard and mouth off about being dismissed.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to participants' sex appeal and body parts like breasts. One tween boy band performs shirtless.
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Multiple variations on "f--k" are bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this talent competition is similar to the producers' popular American Idol. The judges do their fair share of infighting and mocking contestants' appearance, style, and talent. On the upside, the judges don't put their musical preferences ahead of their impartiality and seem to reward bands based on talent rather than sheer marketability and personal taste. Expect plenty of the emotional content that's the bread and butter of reality TV, as well as some bleeped language.
Is It Any Good?
If American Idol is your style, then The Next Great American Band is probably the next best thing for your craving. It doesn't pack the dramatic punch that the long-running Idol does, but it has a dynamic of its own that viewers might find inviting, and the well-rounded group of competitors offers plenty of variety for fans. But it's worth noting that the judges' comments can seem fairly harsh at times, and there's always the possibility of interpersonal conflict among competitors and judges. Strong language is sporadic, but present; the worst of it (multiple variations on "f--k") is bleeped.
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