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TV Series Review

Perhaps in the beginning, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush was a cynical effort to one-up the popularity of the Jonas Brothers, whose success was fostered by rival Disney. Big Time Rush, after all, has three words in its name instead of two, and four members (Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan), not three. Oh, and none of these guys are related.

But, really, Big Time Rush belongs, both in its construction and artifice, to a far older pedigree: The Monkees—another commercial construct built to pull in television ratings, sell albums and capitalize on the success of … The Beatles.

"I think they might have said, 'Who are The Monkees?' and I think I slapped one of them," executive producer Scott Fellows told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when this series launched. "I think the similarity is the energy and the comedy and the spirit of it. Yes, I love The Monkees. … Hey [hey], if we can get half that success, we'll be excited."

I think they can be excited now. While the Jonases are still out there … somewhere … they're not on the Disney Channel anymore except in reruns. Big Time Rush? Well, let's just say the show keeps on getting renewed.

Onscreen, these largely wholesome guys live at the swanky Palm Woods Hotel, a residence for aspiring musicians and actors, along with Kendall's mom and little sister. Which reminds me to make a quick note about Mom: She isn't always shown to be the brightest bulb in the chandelier—especially when lil' sis manipulates her—but she's sweet and loving.

BTR, the show, rarely gets into any serious trouble. But BTR, the band, can get into quite a lot, what with the guys' silliness and sometimes downright cluelessness. The frolicsome friends are also sometimes girl crazy to the point of panting like winded dachshunds when they see a pretty one. Their dates can dress a bit provocatively—at least by kids' show standards—flaunting small amounts of cleavage and leg. Kisses are traded. And the guys occasionally engage in slightly suggestive banter (both sexually and scatologically).

The rest of the time they're showcasing the sort of goofy innocence that made the Jonases stars before them. Indeed, the bandmates all have a gift for slapstick comedy and self-deprecating humor. They rarely if ever utter even mild curse words. At worst, the outlandish plots that swirl around them can sometimes feel irreverent and/or disrespectful—if it's possible at all for a show so silly to ever be taken seriously.

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BigTimeRush: 11-10-2012
BigTimeRush: 8-20-2011
BigTimeRush: 10-22-2010



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Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight; James Maslow as James Diamond; Carlos Pena as Carlos Garcia; Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell; Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque; Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight; Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright; Challen Cates as Jennifer Knight






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Paul Asay Meredith Whitmore

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