1982 TV-PG 2 seasons


1982 TV-PG 2 seasons
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Based on the smash 1980 movie of the same name, this inspiring series focuses on the resolute students and caring faculty of New York City's High School for the Performing Arts and features rousing singing and dancing by its talented principals. Led by dancer Lydia Grant (Debbie Allen), the teachers devote themselves to nurturing young artists, including singer Coco (Erica Gimpel) and musician Bruno (Lee Curreri), as they prepare for life.
Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Albert Hague, Gene Anthony Ray, Carol Mayo Jenkins, Valerie Landsburg, Erica Gimpel, Lee Curreri, Lori Singer, Morgan Stevens, Bruno Kirby, Arte Johnson, Milton Berle
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (1982) - 4 discs

Dance instructor Lydia Grant (Debbie Allen) molds young hopefuls into skilled performers at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts in this hit TV series. Bruno (Lee Curreri), Coco (Erica Gimpel) and the other students dream of making it big but must pay their dues before heading for the bright lights of showbiz. The premiere season finds the kids facing competition, rejection and grueling rehearsals, along with some serious issues.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic TV drama about artistic teens growing up in New York City in the 1980s is generally clean when it comes to language and sexual content -- and it's much tamer than the R-rated 1980 movie it was based on. Storylines occasionally include secondary characters who have serious problems with drugs, alcohol, or violent crime or involve heavy themes like prostitution and debilitating disease. But the primary role models -- and messages -- are overwhelmingly positive.

Sexual Content

It's rare for a storyline to involve sex, but it happens from time to time. In one episode, for example, a student meets a teen prostitute while preparing for a drama project and befriends her.


Rare verbal sparring between major characters, including students and teachers. Secondary characters who make one-time appearances occasionally lead violent lives.


Some mild insults like "jerk," "dumb," and "stupid." Rare uses of gateway phrases like "damn it."

Social Behavior

The series is purposefully positive and regularly includes specific take-away lessons for teen viewers on topics like drinking, sex, etc.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

On rare occasions, a secondary character has a drinking or drug problem. In one episode, for example, a student's brother shows up drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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