Victorious

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat iCarly-like tween comedy promotes confidence.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 99 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 431 reviews

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Educational Value

The show teaches kids that new challenges are opportunities to explore new avenues and learn more about their own abilities.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates a teen’s self-discovery as she steps outside of her comfort zone and finds she has talent she never expected and connections with people she thought were nothing like her. The show gives a mostly sanitized view of teen life, however, and characters are fairly stereotypical (the mean girl, the hunk, and nice guy, the geek, etc.).

Positive Role Models & Representations

A few teens (including the main character, Tori) stand out from the crowd for their self-confidence and determination, and Tori is a stickler for staying true to herself despite the influences around her. A mean girl does her best to bully Tori out of school by embarrassing and harassing her. Teens are mostly left to their own devices, as parents are rarely seen, and adult figures at the school are limited to a handful of eccentric – and mostly ineffective – teachers.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Teen couples kiss in school halls and during class time.

Language

Frequent use of “Oh, my God.”

Consumerism

The show’s companion social networking website TheSlap.com, is heavily promoted throughout each episode. Characters post daily updates that often serve as segues between scenes, and the show ends with a direct appeal from the show’s cast to log onto the site and post comments, play games, and learn more about the show. Merchandise related to the show is available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Victorious is a comedy series aimed at tweens starring Victoria Justice from Zoey 101. It actively promotes its partner website called TheSlap.com – a social network that allows viewers to follow blogs from the characters, play games, and post comments. Not only is the site referenced numerous times throughout each episode (characters’ postings provide segues between scenes, for example), there are also direct appeals to viewers to visit the site. Parents should be prepared for tweens asking to go online after or during the show. That said, the remaining content is mostly tween-friendly – save for some lengthy kisses between one teen couple – and Tori is a decent role model, contrasting some of her classmates’ eccentricities with her self-confidence and adherence to her personal values.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 15-year-old Written byHillsy July 31, 2011

Very Cute, Good Music, Talented Kids!

I Don't know what some of these other parents are talking about! There is NO episode where Jade, or any other character for that matter, mention, engage in... Continue reading
Adult Written byDadaboo May 11, 2012

Just plain bad messages for kids AND teens

I just watched a full episode with my 9-year old daughter. I have never been so appalled by a kids TV show before. I'm a 50 year-old male and consider myse... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHello221 April 27, 2020

Represents nothing of show business or what it’s really like.

Kids who just learned about this show, you do not know anything about Dan Schneider shows or the real meaning of the jokes in them. No good role models at all.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStarcloud3 July 18, 2020

I loved it!

I didn't have a TV as a kid, so I didn't watch this show until it was put on netflix, and I personally loved the show and the characters, and am still... Continue reading

What's the story?

In VICTORIOUS, Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) is used to living in the shadow of her older sister, Trina (Daniella Monet), a student at a prestigious performing arts school and a self-proclaimed star-in-training. But when an unexpected medical malady sends Tori onstage in her sister’s place, she dazzles the crowd and earns a spot at Hollywood Arts for herself. Being the new kid in school is never easy, but it’s even more of a task fitting in with the eclectic group of artists who now surround her. Lucky for Tori she’s got her supportive new friends Andre (Leon Thomas) and Beck (Avan Jogia), who have her back when class diva Jade (Elizabeth Gillies) takes aim at her.

Is it any good?

This series marks Victoria Justice’s rise from successful supporting roles in Zoey 101 and Spectacular! to the center stage, and like her TV counterpart, she proves she’s worthy of the promotion. Tweens will find much to like in this upbeat comedy – original music, dance, and plenty of mild teen drama – and the fact that Tori always emerges with unwavering self-assurance sends positive vibes to impressionable viewers.

Victorius' glaring pitfall is its insistence on over-promoting its partner social networking website, TheSlap.com. A typical episode references the site at least five times – usually in the form of character updates like those on Facebook or Twitter – and winds up with a direct reminder to viewers to check out the site for show information or to post comments. At the very least, though, it gives parents good reason to talk with their tweens about Internet safety and the downsides of multitasking.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss communicating through technology like they do in Victorious. Tweens: What social networking avenues do you use? How do they help you connect with friends? How has technology changed the way we relate to people? Are there any drawbacks to our technology-driven society? Also, what do you think the companies that have a financial stake in this show have to gain by asking viewers to log on to their website?

  • Tweens: What dangers exist with Internet sites like Facebook and Twitter? How do you ensure your safety on the Internet? What kinds of rules do you have in your house about using the Internet? How can the Internet be used as a tool against people? Have you ever known of an instance of cyberbullying?

  • Tweens: How do you face new challenges? Who are the people you lean on when you need support? How has conquering challenges changed you in the past?

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