Parents' Guide to

Trial by Choir

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tough teens sing their hearts out.

TV TLC Reality TV 2006
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Based on 1 parent review

age 10+


I thought that trial by choir was one of Americas most real reality show I've seen in years. I thought that both the Choir Director and Youth Counselor worked great together. Although their personalities "clashed", it is what made the show so real. Jerome's role was to see that the kids learn how to express their voices through music and Kate's role was to see that they express their emotions through talking out their problems instead of through violence. I disagree that a counselor should just listen without giving reactions to problems. Sure anyone can go to school and earn a " textbook" degree, yet, reality is living through hardships and teaching with what we know and not what we think we know. Kate may have used her own life experiences, but it's obvious that she knew how to help those kids and did a great job at doing so! Ya can only help those who want to be helped!!!! I would love to see the entire crew reunite and give America another great reality show.

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What makes Trial by Choir work is the teens' honesty and their heartbreaking circumstances. Mix that with a documentary style that echoes a reality show without feeling fake, and you've got compelling television.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 26, 2006
  • Cast: Kate Benjamin
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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