Todrick

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Talented Internet star's reality is fun and fine for teens.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Creativity, hard work, friendship, and teamwork are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Todrick is likable, talented, and hard-working and loves his team.

Violence
Sex

People in underwear; sexy dancing, blurred nudity; a reference to areolas. 

Language

"Damn."

Consumerism

It promotes Todrick himself as a performer. Mercedes-Benz logo visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional beer, wine. Humorous references to "crackheads."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Todrick is a reality series that stars YouTube celebrity Todrick Hall. It features some sexy dancing, occasional images of people in their underwear, and blurred nudity -- all of which is expected from your standard MTV music video. The Mercedes-Benz logo is prominently featured; there's some occasional iffy language ("damn") and some limited drinking (beer, wine), but the overall content is pretty mild, and Hall is a talented performer who works hard for his fame. 

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What's the story?

TODRICK is a reality series featuring American Idol semifinalist Todrick Hall as he develops, choreographs, produces, and performs in his popular YouTube music videos. Working from his home with a team of dancers, stylists, videographers, and makeup artists -- and with guest appearances from, for example, Kelly Rowland -- he uses his talent, creativity, small budget, and street smarts to produce work he hopes will appeal to his Internet fan base known affectionately as "Toddlers." 

Is it any good?

This promotional-but-fun reality series showcases how the likable Todrick Hall uses the Internet and new technology to seek the Hollywood fame he's always wanted. It also shows how he relies on teamwork to make it happen. But the series is mainly focused on him and his own skills, highlighting the fact that he's in charge of the operation.

There's some lighthearted drama (some of which seems a bit manufactured), but the show's entertainment value really comes from watching the creative process unfold. The colorful videos and dance music Hall produces are fun; there's a lot of talent here, which sets the show apart from other reality fare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why up-and-coming performers are turning to the Internet to create and produce entertainment. What are the benefits of doing this? Drawbacks? Did you know that singers Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy, comedian Bo Burnham, and model/actress Kate Upton owe much of their success to their online videos?

  • Can you say or do some things online that aren't acceptable on TV or the radio? Why? Parents: What are some of the things to watch out for when turning to sites such as YouTube for entertainment?

TV details

For kids who love reality

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