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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Live life to the fullest, but in ways that are positive, creative, and fun.
Positive Role Models
Teens are creative, bright, and likable, and appear privileged.
Violence & Scariness
A few (momentary) tense moments, but nothing major or dramatic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Crushes, romance, and relationships are frequent themes. Kissing visible. A music video features two young people in bed, but not doing anything particularly sexual. Bikinis are common.
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Products & Purchases
Hollister California sponsors the show; the logo, clothing, and accessories are integrated throughout the series. One cast member's debut album is produced, released, and promoted throughout the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is Summer is a teen reality series produced in partnership with clothing company Hollister California. The company's clothing and accessories are fully integrated into the series, so there's some serious promotion happening. There's some sex talk, particularly as it relates to crushes and romance, and some kissing. One episode features two people in bed as part of a music video, but no sex is involved. The series has many of the standard reality-style tensions, and a few rough words like "douche," but overall it's mild enough for mature tweens with a critical understanding of what they're watching.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted reality series offers a chance to watch good-looking teens with big personalities having fun in the San Francisco area. Each approximately 7.5-minute episode features cast members doing things like singing karaoke, skateboarding, shopping, and even recording an album. The hip music and iconic SF Bay Area locations add to the show's appeal.
As with most reality shows, there are lots of contrived moments, but this one is more tween-friendly than other teen-centered shows. However, This Is Summer also serves as an integrated advertising campaign for its sponsor, Hollister California. While this is revealed on the show's website and logo, kids may not pick up on the fact that what they're watching is as promotional as it is entertaining.
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