There and Back: Ashley Parker Angel TV Poster Image

There and Back: Ashley Parker Angel

(i)

 

Former boy bander grows up; too edgy for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Living with pregnant girlfriend and her mom.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Girlfriend is pregnant, references to Angel's morning arousal and that his girlfriend's mom witnessed his erection.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series follows Ashley recording his album--a prelude until it is likely on sale after the show's finale.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angel lives with his pregnant girlfriend and her mom while he tries to revive his music career. He's dedicated and ambitious, but unrealistic about his responsibilities.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

THERE & BACK: ASHLEY PARKER ANGEL gives the former member of boy band O-Town another chance at fame. Angel claims to be starting from the bottom, but when we first catch up with Angel, he's in the process of recording his new album, he's signed back to his former manager (who previously managed Britney Spears), and he has a meeting with the Blackground Records CEO/President, who almost immediately cuts him a check for $10k. In his personal life, Ashley and his girlfriend, Tiffany, are awaiting the birth of their first child. The couple live with Tiffany's mom in a small apartment, but with Ashley's successful meeting, they're able to get into a house by the end of episode one.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Teens should be aware that shortcuts and MTV exposure are rare and not available to everyone. Since Angel is trying to separate himself from his bubble-gum pop background, the show is trying to be more edgy (which might explain why the producers decided to include footage about Angel's erection and the fact that his girlfriend's mom noticed it). However, the older audience the producers are trying to draw isn't likely to be interested.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Angel needs to fight the boy band stereotype. Is it realistic to focus on becoming a star when you're broke and have a baby on the way? Do teens think Angel would have a second chance if he didn't have a reality show? How do most struggling musicians get their break?

TV details

Premiere date:January 9, 2006
Cast:Ashley Parker Angel, Lyric Angel, Tiffany Lynn Rowe
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of There and Back: Ashley Parker Angel was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • American Idol Poster Image
    The one that started it all; OK for tweens and up.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 15 years old Written byLovinLaBeouf13 April 9, 2008

adorable..

this is an awesome show based on a true event. ashley and his girlfriend tiffany gave birth to a baby boy lyric, and ashley is tryin to become a musician ever since the break up of O-Town....this is an adorable show