The Salt-N-Pepa Show

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Rap act's comeback a smart pick for teens and up.

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Positive Messages

As Salt and Pepa work to repair their fractured friendship, viewers learn lessons about forgiveness and accepting others' flaws. Issues regarding eating disorders and body image are dealt with candidly, but not sensationally.


The ladies argue occasionally, but it never gets physical.


Characters are sometimes shown dancing suggestively and/or wearing tight/skimpy clothes, and light sexual innuendo occasionally pops up, but it's kept in check with frequent discussions about self-respect and morality. The ladies examine their older, sexually charged lyrics and videos, disagreeing about whether they're still appropriate or not.


"Bitch" and "damn" are uttered every now and then; stronger words are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are sometimes shown drinking alcohol, but rarely to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this reality series has a few strikes against it in terms of content, its infractions are mild, and its message is overwhelmingly positive -- especially for young girls. Due largely to Salt's influence, the erstwhile rappers take a look at their older, more sexually charged lyrics and videos and reinvent themselves as ladies with class (and considerable sass) without resorting to loud gimmicks. Salt also candidly discusses her struggles with bulimia during the group's heyday, which may help parents talk to kids about eating disorders and body-image issues.

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Adult Written byShaiShai April 9, 2008

A nonviolent show for the first time

Show does not have anything I wouldnt let my child see. Maybe show their children more...but overall I did not want to miss this show!
Adult Written byupn April 9, 2008


This show has made me love who I am .It has let me see that I can have the GALAXY. THE SALT N PEPA
Teen, 13 years old Written byMoviez5 April 9, 2008


Very Funny and great I reccomend this show to everyone.

What's the story?

After officially disbanding in 2002, Cheryl "Salt" James Wray and Sandra "Pepa" Denton -- the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo formerly known as Salt-N-Pepa -- decided to go their separate ways. Salt shunned the music business, became religious, and had children, while Pepa stayed pretty much the same (even joining the cast of The Surreal Life in 2005). But now they're testing the waters for a comeback with a refreshingly real, surprisingly positive reality series. Much like an extended episode of Bands Reunited (the now-canceled VH1 show that sought to get popular musical acts back together after notoriously bad breakups), THE SALT-N-PEPA SHOW follows these groundbreaking rappers on their rocky journey back to a tentative friendship and, ultimately, a working relationship that would put them back in the public eye.

Is it any good?

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is Salt's ongoing struggle to clean up Salt-N-Pepa's act by toning down some of the sexually suggestive lyrics and choreography that had largely defined the group. As a Christian and a mother of two, she no longer feels comfortable performing songs like "Push It" and grinding on muscular male dancers. But a bewildered Pepa can't understand what's so bad about a little onstage lap-dancing. Normally, a show's producers might try to exploit that kind of conflict for comedic effect. But The Salt-N-Pepa Show takes a more responsible approach, giving each lady the chance to say her piece. The revelations that emerge lead to frank discussions about body image, sexuality, and being a woman in the music business -- which might just make teens think twice about the gyrating female pop stars they idolize.

Unlike other reality fare, which tends to be frenzied at best, The Salt-N-Pepa Show moves at a pace that's noteworthy for its normalcy. It doesn't try to be sexy; it simply tells the story of two former friends who are trying to make amends. It also offers an honest look at the complexities of the music business and how its pressures can erode even the strongest of friendships.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music industry's trend for female artists to market themselves as "sexy." Is there a double standard for men? Does sex sell a song better than good lyrics or a catchy hook? Why or why not? Which female artists do you admire most, and why do you look up to them? Would you still like their music if they dressed and danced more demurely or delivered songs with less-shocking lyrics? Why or why not?

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