A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that This is Hot 97 is a humorous reality doc that will appeal to hip hop fans of all ages, but some of the language ("ass"; bleeped curses) and sexual references can be a bit strong for tweens. Mild arguments sometimes break out among the cast, and there are thoughts about creating cat fights for the cameras (but nothing happens).
What's the story?
THIS IS HOT 97 is an unscripted reality series featuring the staff of New York's iconic hip-hop radio station, Hot 97. It stars Ebro Darden, the station's VP of Programming, who decides to inform the gang, including renown DJs Funkmaster Flex and Angie Martinez, on-air talent like Laura Stylez, and morning show hosts Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg about their reality star roles on the day they start filming. Adding to the fray is the resident journalist known as Miss Info, and Alex Cameron, the station's general manager. They soon realize that making their radio lives interesting for television isn't always easy or welcome, but together they figure out how to make it happen.
Is it any good?
From watching the staff compete for the highest number of tweets, to cameo appearances by artists like Kanye West and Macklemore, the series offers a fun look at the off-mic world of one of New York City's most popular hip hop radio stations.
No doubt that hip hop fans will be drawn to the series, but thanks to the surprising comedic talent of some of the cast, the show's running gags and quirky moments create some worthwhile viewing moments. It's a show that doesn't take itself too seriously, and fits the bill if you are looking for some lighthearted reality fare.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about radio. What does it take to work in the radio industry? Are jokes and other activities that are featured on the radio airwaves equally as funny or interesting when they are done on camera? Is there anything that couldn't or shouldn't be done on camera that can be done on radio?
Is there a difference between unscripted TV and reality TV? What kind of show is this one?
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