2012 NR 2 seasons


2012 NR 2 seasons
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A talented theatrical team endeavors to stage a Broadway musical bio of Marilyn Monroe in this sizzling dramatic series. Backbiting, catfighting, creative woes and personal demons are all part of the process as the show struggles to go on.
Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Savannah Wise, Wesley Taylor
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2012) - 4 discs

Pop singer Katharine McPhee (of "American Idol" fame) and Broadway starlet Megan Hilty star as rival leading ladies in the first season of this song and dance-driven drama about the making of a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical.
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main concern in this musical drama is sexual content. Expect to see implied intercourse, some kissing, and seductive dancing in the style of Marilyn Monroe. Language and social drinking are barely present, but songs from the show will be available for purchase via iTunes, with a possible full-fledged musical to hit Broadway should the series perform well.

Sexual Content

Regular scenes of simulated intercourse without nudity (visible bare shoulders under sheets, sides of breasts, etc.). Post-coital scenes of same-sex couples in bed. Use of terms like "sexy" with a few provocative dance moves. Some degree of sex appeal is essential to the Marilyn character.


Not applicable


Very little.

Social Behavior

One of Smash's recurring themes is striking a balance between getting what you want and staying true to your own ideals -- and some characters do it better than others. There's also a subtler message that true talent will take you far if you work hard enough and that it takes a team of talented people to make something great.


The show goes out of its way to change familiar brand names (subbing YouLenz for YouTube, etc.), but a few slip in, including iPad. Songs from the series are available for purchase via iTunes, with plans to launch a full-scale musical in the future, depending on the series' success.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking.

  • 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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