Parents' Guide to

Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart faux reality makes points about celebrity and infamy.

TV MTV Comedy 2013
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

How old should my child be before watching? (8+)

Tv show is amazing and has lots of positive messages and an overwhelmingly good story. If you are watching this with younger children I would maybe skip episode 4 titled “Zack stone is gonna make a sex tape”. In the episode he gets invited out on a date with his high school crush. They go back to her house and I’m the end she just wanted to watch a movie, but the theme song references sex so give this one a miss. I watch this with my 2 daughters ages 9 and 11 and my son aged 13. The show is great and engaging and has loads of positive role models and a catchy theme tune . I am anxiously anticipating season 2 (if it ever happens). Much love

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Young people desperately seeking fame is a time-honored dramatic concept, but the ambitious upstarts are usually pictured as conniving (All About Eve, Nashville) or big-hearted strivers (Dreamgirls, Fame). Seldom is the young person at the center of the action depicted as well-meaning but clueless, and not really interesting enough to be the pivot around which the plot hinges, despite his stated wish to be famous for making people happy, like "Oprah, Bono, and Mario Lopez."

But that's the meta-joke of Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, and it's a sophisticated enough idea to intrigue viewers who've grown up on reality TV. We're used to watching manufactured stars playing "real" manufactured drama. And though Zach himself is an unremarkable young man, watching him try to juice up his average, everyday life, and friends and family enough to make him filmable is pretty hilarious. Plus? The show boasts Thomas F. Wilson as Zach's dad. You know, Biff from Back to the Future, the coach from Freaks and Geeks. He's always great, and he's great here, and he and Zach are great together.

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