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Victorious

Upbeat iCarly-like tween comedy promotes confidence.
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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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy series aimed at tweens -- starring Victoria Justice from Zoey 101 -- 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.

What's the story?

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?

QUALITY

VICTORIOUS 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.

The show’s 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss communicating through technology. 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?

TV details

Premiere date:March 27, 2010
Cast:Daniella Monet, Leon Thomas, Victoria Justice
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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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, or reference sex! Trust me, I've seen every episode, more than once. They are also never in their bras! when they are too hot (because they are stuck in a mobile home at the beach that's 107 degrees inside) they are in their SWIMSUITS. My daughters LOVE the music on this show, it's very cute teen pop. There's NOTHING racy about this. There are some episodes with kissing. These are high school students, it would be unrealistic for them not to. I found a 14 year old's review mentioning the world is not rainbows and unicorns more helpful than some of the parent reviews. This is another show we watch as a family. It's silly and fun, about a group of very talented friends. I don't know what some of these parents are looking for in tv anymore. This show is no worse than the Brady Bunch when it comes to content. Teenagers have boyfriends and girlfriends and kiss and (gasp!) wear bras! They don't show them in their bras though. The girls mention it, what are teenage girls suppose to talk about, playing with Barbies? I think some people have forgotten what it's like to be a teenager. More importantly, I wonder why so many insist on banning something that's not even comparable to the shows that were on when I was a teen (90210, Melrose Place) or the things on other networks, instead of sitting down and talking to your kids about things! Watch this WITH your kids. Explain things you don't like. Remind them this is not real life. TV is not reality. TEACH your kids instead of trying to hide them from the world!
Parent of a 3, 3, 6, and 8 year old Written byelainerose February 16, 2011

Banned from my tv

HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This show is completely inappropriate for children. It shows scantily clad girls who dress and act inappropriately for their age! Not allowed in my house any longer!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byOblivion709 January 12, 2011

Victorius is just a medocre show with terrible acting and unnecessary dialogue as well as bad acting.

It seems like Nickelodeon is constantly going downhill, with yet another mediocre show Victoroius. Unfortunately, its just another terrible live acting show with mediocre acting, and dry comedy that just isn't funny. There is the constant use of oh my god which 7 year olds shouldn't really be learning, plus the music is downright annoying. The role models are either annoying or painfully loud. Also, there are loads of product placement. If you want to watch a much better and funny live action show for kids, then either watch the decent icarly or the great drake and josh, but this is just not worth your time or has any appeal to kids.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism