A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about community, developing creativity, using one's voice to speak out against injustice.
Positive Role Models
People featured in This Is Pop display talent, determination, entrepreneurship.
Violence & Scariness
No violence is shown, but it is occasionally discussed as part of someone's biography or described in song lyrics (e.g., "Leader of the Pack").
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the songs discussed contain sexual content (e.g., Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You").
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Profanity such as "f--k," "s--t," and "ass" is used at times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and cigarettes are sometimes seen in archival footage, and alcohol and drug use are occasionally discussed as part of someone's biography.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is Pop is an anthology documentary series that discusses a different aspect of pop music in each episode. Some episodes focus on a specific group, such as Boyz II Men, or a movement, like Swedish pop or the Brill Building songwriters. Others look at technology (autotune), business (festival concerts), or larger ideas (protest music). Content varies from episode to episode, but violence and sexual content typically show up only as part of someone's biography or in song lyrics (e.g., in "Leader of the Pack" or "I'll Make Love to You"). Alcohol, smoking, and drug use are discussed or shown in archival footage. Profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "ass") is used fairly consistently throughout. Episodes tend to have a collage feel to them rather than a deep dive into their subjects. The series seems intended more for casual viewers than for ardent fans of music or music history.
Is It Any Good?
This anthology series casts a wide net for its episode subjects, and the documentary's diverse range of interests and eras is its greatest strength. One of the exciting things about pop music is that it has a seemingly infinite range of sounds, from guitars to synthesizers to doo-wop harmonies, and sometimes all of them at once. Unfortunately, like some pop music, This Is Pop doesn't often feel like there's a ton of substance underneath the surface. The episodes never go too deep into their subjects, which makes them pleasant enough for casual viewing but potentially unsatisying for the die-hard fans.
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