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School of Rock (TV series)

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School of Rock (TV series)
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Genre: Musical-comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes, one 44 minute special
Country: United States
Release Date: March 12, 2016-April 8, 2018
Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Jim Armogida
Steve Armogida
Distributed by: Viacom Media Networks
Starring: Breanna Yde
Ricardo Hurtado
Jade Pettyjohn
Lance Lim
Aidan Miner
Tony Cavalero
Jama Williamson
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 45

School of Rock is an American musical-comedy television series on Nickelodeon. The series is based on the 2003 film of the same name.


Dewey Finn is a down-on-his-luck musician who gets a job as a substitute teacher at a prep school, where he must take over a teacher's class who had an accident while skateboarding. Luckily, for his new pupils, Finn doesn't forget his rock 'n' roll roots when he educates them, inspiring students to form a secret rock band, allowing them to live like rock stars. During the school year, middle school classmates learn lessons about loyalty and friendships as they continue to discover their unknown talents.

Why It Doesn’t Rock, It Sucks

  1. The grasp of the source material is extremely poor for the following reasons:
    • It’s supposed to be a re-telling of the movie due to Dewey being a substitute teacher, but unlike the movie he doesn’t pretend to be his roommate Schneebly, also he doesn’t appear in the series, instead Dewey is an immature man who still lives with his parents.
    • Even though a lot of the students from the movie appear, they got their personalities reversed and/or switched.
    • Summer is now portrayed as you’re stereotypical dumb blonde, rather than a smart girl, who Dewey said that she might become the president of the united states one day in the movie. For some reason despite being the band manager she also plays tambourine in the band for some reason.
    • Tomika is now portrayed as a pint sized and a skater, yet in the movie she was portrayed as a shy girl who had stage fright, but then when she preformed at the end of the movie, she overcame her fear.
    • Lawrence for some reason looks more like Zack and Zack for some reason is played by an Asian instead of the other way around.
    • Katie who was the bass player in the movie, is not in the show, and now Tomika plays bass.
  2. Misleading title: Despite the show being called School of Rock, None of the songs in this show sound like rock songs. Instead, they sound more like pop songs.
    • And even with that, couldn't they, for example, just make rock covers of pop songs, in order to have the show living up to it's name?
  3. All the students in the class are just school stereotypes, such as the perfectionist, the cool guy, etc.
  4. Tony Cavalero as Dewey Finn is nowhere near as good as Jack Black.
  5. Bad acting.
  6. None of the child actors from the movie (such as Joey Gaydos Jr, Robert L Tsai, Kevin Clark, Miranda Cosgrove, and Maryam Hassan) returned for the show as their roles as Zack, Lawrence, Freddy, Summer, and Tomika because they were adults at that time.
  7. The movie which this show is based on is rated PG-13 for rude humor, mild profanity, and mild drug and alcohol references. Because of that, Nickelodeon dumbed-downed this show to TV-Y7 to make it kid-friendly.
  8. The only reason it was made was to capitalize on the success of the original movie, which died out way before this show was even made. Adding to the fact that Paramount Pictures hasn't even announced a sequel to the original movie makes this show even more pointless.
  9. Nowadays, all the show has going for it is its ships. The ships are the show's main selling points on Nickelodeon's social media.
  10. The show only exists to cash in on pop music and Disney Channel trends.
  11. In the episode "I put a Spell on you", there is a scene when everyone got mad at Lawrence because he brought fruit and called it candy which is extremely insulting and hypocritical since they did that to the people who loved the school of rock movie, plus it teaches the wrong moral that fruit is bad and candy is better.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some of the songs are good (like the theme song).
  2. Some funny moments here and there.
  3. Some School of Rock fans will might enjoy it.
  4. There are some moments that the show stays faithful to the original film, like how Dewey meets the students.
  5. Some good/decent episodes such as its finale, I Love Rock and Roll (which was a heartwarming and good send-off to the series)
  6. Despite the fact most of the acting is bad, Tony Cavalero does a decent job as Dewey Finn but is nowhere near as funny as Jack Black.


School of Rock (2016) received mixed to negative reviews. Currently sitting at a 4.2/10 on IMDb.



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