A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In spite of some good-humored trash talking, the overall message is about working together. The participants are a diverse bunch, with lots of ages, sizes/body types, and races represented.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Song lyrics are occasionally suggestive (one of the audition tunes is "Like a Virgin"), but not even close to explicit.
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Rare use of words like "ass," and some bleeped-out stronger terms.
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Products & Purchases
The names of the competing companies (1-800-Dentist, for example) are mentioned, but the show doesn't go into detail about what they do.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some bottles of wine seen, and some song lyrics reference drinking. But not much use actually shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of this game show's "problem" areas are pretty mild -- for example, one of the audition tunes is "Like a Virgin," but none of the more explicit lyrics are used. Other songs reference drinking, and the participating companies (1-800-Dentist and JetBlue, for instance) are mentioned by name, which sort of falls into the "product placement" category. But overall this is a fun, family-friendly show that's fine for tweens and up.
Is It Any Good?
With so many competition/game shows out there these days, comparisons are inevitable. Some viewers might feel like The Singing Office falls pretty low on the scale simply because the talent level is uneven at best. But the show actually seems more positive than some of its fellow talent-competition brethren, and it's oddly charming in its own way. It helps that the participants aren't in it for fame and fortune -- the grand prize is $50,000, shared among the five winning team members -- so it's more about having fun and letting loose.
The other thing that's really good about the show is the singers' very ordinariness. Some are definitely talented, but these folks aren't buffed-out beauties -- nor are all of them great singers. But none of that stops them from trying, and that's really the lesson in the whole exercise. Too often folks get intimidated because they don't sound or look like professionals, robbing themselves of the joy of singing and dancing for the sheer joy of it. Maybe shows like this can get ordinary folks out there singing on their own again.
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