A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Features male and female musicians from all walks of life who perform music from a variety of genres. Song lyric content varies widely depending on the artist; some songs may deal with moody and/or depressive themes.
Violence & Scariness
Some lyrics include mild references to violence or violent acts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some lyrics include references to sex and intimate relationships.
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Some lyrics include some strong language like "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the performers' music. MTV has released many tie-in CDs and DVDs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics include occasional references to drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series showcases acoustic performances by musical artists of all genres and ages, from legends like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton to more recent artists like Jay-Z and Korn. Many of the shows are completely tame, but some acts perform songs that include strong language ("damn," "hell"), sexual innuendo, and mild references to drugs and violence. Others may veer into moody, depressive content. The series also functions as a vehicle for promoting new albums and up-and-coming performers.
Is It Any Good?
Created in 1989, Unplugged offers a fresh way to watch famous musicians perform without the background dancers and pyrotechnics you might expect to see at a regular concert venue or in a music video. But these more straightforward musical presentations are also used as promotional devices; episodes are often broadcast to coincide with a new album release (plus, MTV has put out a lot of tie-in CDs and DVDs over the years).
Still, this entertaining series does more than sell music to potential buyers. It allows artists to express their genuine passion for music through the simplicity of their performance. And it's the honesty behind these presentations that makes the series worth watching.
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