Big Time Rush[1] (commonly abbreviated as BTR[2]) is an American Teen icon and KCA nominated television music-themed teen sitcom based on the band of the same name. The series chronicles four high school friends from Minnesota — Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt), James Diamond (James Maslow), Carlos Garcia (Carlos Pena, Jr.), and Logan Mitchell (Logan Henderson) — whose lives are changed when they move to Los Angeles and become a hit-making, chart-topping boy band.

The series became Nickelodeon's second highest-rated Nickelodeon sitcom after less than a month on the air — behind iCarly by 600,000 viewers — and attracts an average of more than three to four million viewers per episode debut.[3]

The show was created by showrunner and executive producer, Scott Fellows, for Nickelodeon, who also created the former Nickelodeon sitcom, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. The show incorporates original music created for the show/band, due to a partnership between Nickelodeon and Sony Music to produce the series. This is the second Nickelodeon series featuring a boy band, after The Naked Brothers Band.

The series premiered with the hour-long pilot episode, "Big Time Audition", as a "sneak preview" on November 28, 2009, leading up to a series of half-hour regulars on January 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm ET with the episode "Big Time School of Rocque", to 6.8 million viewers.


Four hockey players from Minnesota — Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt), James Diamond (James Maslow), Carlos Garcia (Carlos Pena Jr.), and Logan Mitchell (Logan Henderson) — get the opportunity to become famous and successfully try out to be the "next great boy band."[4] They move to Los Angeles, California, where they live at the "Palm Woods Hotel" and attend the "Palm Woods School", a special school just for actors, actresses, singers, and other performers. The boys routinely come into conflict with their overbearing, outrageous, hard-driving (but successful) producer, Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Kramer Glickman), and his well-meaning assistant Kelly Wainwright (Tanya Chisholm), while trying to impress Gustavo's boss, Arthur Griffin (Matt Riedy), so that they can become successful.

Griffin is portrayed as an executive who is largely clueless about the music industry, although he is often the final decision maker, and he is also surrounded by yes-men and is overly caught up in the trappings of executive "perks". The boys also frequently come into conflict with "Mr. Bitters" (David Anthony Higgins), the manager of the Palm Woods, a self-important middle manager who delights in catching Palm Woods residents in the act of breaking the (many) Palm Woods rules. He constantly threatens to evict the boys (and various other residents) for rule violations.

Throughout the series, The boys go through many conflicts, mishaps and misfortunes. The conflicts are mainly social, often dealing with the relationship between them, school, work and other issues.


Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush (band) from left to right:Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena Jr. (bottom), top - James Maslow and Logan Henderson


Main castEdit

Main article: List of Big Time Rush characters
  • Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt) - Kendall is the second oldest and the "proclaimed leader" of the group, who's seen as normal, understandable, and smart. According to Kelly in Big Time Audition, Kendall is tall, blond, and all eyebrows. Gustavo chose Kendall as his singer in Big Time Audition, but Kendall talked Gustavo into letting him, James, Carlos, and Logan become a singing group so he wouldn't have to leave his friends behind. Kendall was supposed to be the cliché bad boy of the band in the episode Big Time Bad Boy, but refused to succumb to a stereotype that didn't fit him (or any of the boys, for that matter). For example, in the episode Big Time Fever, Kendall is the only one in the band immune to "Hollywood Fever," ensuring that the guys remembered their Minnesota roots when they'd all come down with the ailment -- which they find out is actually just a term for home sickness. He is also known for ending up in awkward situations. For example, in the episode "Big Time Sparks" he was caught with Jordin Sparks on all of the dates he set up with Jo. In Big Time Concert, he is described as "The Complete Package", strong-headed, and hard to control. Kendall is dating Jo and they had their first kiss in "Big Time Concert."
  • James Diamond (James Maslow) - James is the oldest and the pretty boy of the group who originally wanted to be a popstar. He is apparently obsessed with his hair and good looks and always keeps his lucky comb (along with personalized headshots such as, "luscious lumberjack", "sassy speedskater", etc.) on his person. According to Carlos in the episode Big Time Love Song, James always gets the girls: he declares himself the "pretty one." In the episode Big Time Dance James accidentally asks several girls to the school dance in an attempt to help Logan ask Camille to the dance. All of the girls said they'd go with him. James is upset when Griffin's daughter Mercedes sequentially picks everyone else in the band to be her boyfriend (and summarily dumps each one shortly thereafter) but doesn't ever pick him. He feels better later in the episode when she admits she doesn't date anyone prettier than her. James is obsessed with bandanas and always suggests wearing them, as seen in Big Time Crib. As a result of his obsession, he has an alter ego called "Bandana Man", also seen in Big Time Crib; the costume consists of wrapping himself in several purple bandanas.
  • Carlos Garcia (Carlos Pena Jr.) - Carlos is the youngest and shortest of the band, who wears his hockey helmet for no apparent reason. He's protrayed as childish, excitable, energetic, reckless and very loyal to everyone he considers a friend. Carlos has an affinity for corndogs, as is stated various times throughout the series. He has been shown to be very superstitious, believing in ghosts and the paranormal as well as being cautious of bringers of bad luck like walking under ladders, black cats and broken mirrors. He has admitted to never having a "real girlfriend", although Mercedes Griffin forced him to be her short-lived "boyfriend", along with others (except for James) in "Big Time Demos". He seems to be very easy going, and whenever the others start to get into a fight, he suggests thinking "happy thoughts about kittens". He sometimes gets into little sissy fights with Logan as shown in "Big Time Photo Shoot". In "Big Time Audition" it was said that Carlos lost his pet named Sparky when he was little. It has become a running gag where Carlos almost gets the guys caught or in trouble in which the gang bumps him in the ribs to make him shut up. His various love interests are the Simms Twins, and the Jennifers. However, in "Big Time Dance," Carlos asks the Jennifers to the End of the Year Dance, but ends up with Stephanie King by the end of the night.
  • Logan Mitchell (Logan Henderson) - Logan is the third oldest and the sensible one in the group. He is also the smart one, but panics under pressure. He often states that he's "gotta get new friends" whenever the others urge him to join them in their shenanigans (as in the episode Big Time Audition), althought he rarely fails to join them anyhow. Logan has an on-again/off-again relationship with Camille, the Palm Woods' "method actress queen." It was initially unclear if Logan knew about Camille's deep crush on him, but when she kissed him in the midst of preparing for a role in One Tree Hill, he said that he was pleasantly surprised. Logan returned her crush, Camille being quick to forgive him when he attempted to be with her and Mercedes Griffin at the same party (Mercedes having forced him to be one of her short-lived "boyfriends", just as she had with Kendall and Carlos). When they had a school dance, Logan's first choice for a date was Camille.
  • Katie Knight (Ciara Bravo) - (Absent for one episode) is Kendall's precocious little sister who sometimes helps the boys out. For example, in Big Time Break, when Kendall is the only one (out of the whole band) that still is determined to win the affection of a girl named Jo, Katie found out Jo was lying about having a boyfriend when she overheard a phone call between Jo and her mother. Katie revealed this to Kendall and helped him get a date with Jo. After the events in episode Big Time Dance, to Jo's surprise, Kendall revealed he thought that they were together, and now they are indeed a couple. Katie is always shown to have more tricks up her sleeve than her mother, who is portrayed as being very naive with regard to Hollywood machinations. Katie is bossy, clever and tricky, which is a big help when getting involved in the boys' plans.
  • Gustavo Rocque (Stephen Kramer Glickman) - Gustavo Rocque is a world-renowned record producer who meets the boys in Minnesota and offers Kendall a chance to come to Los Angeles with him. Being desperate to keep his job, he reluctantly agrees when Kendall turns the tables and convinces him to bring the others too. Gustavo was previously successful but hasn't had a hit in nine years, and believes the boys are his ticket back to the top. He is cliché, mean and always has a frown on his face while the boys are performing, even when he likes the song. In the episode Big Time Crib, he states that "All talent, are dogs" and calls them that; he also calls the boys "monkey dogs." Even so, when he tells the boys that a song wasn't as good as he wanted it to be, they always manage to call his bluff. He admits to liking the boys after dealing with an absolutely perfect boy band that he hated because they were so perfect, despite in Big Time Video, he briefly whispers to himself, "I hate those dogs" when they steal the set of their video for theirs. When the boys were house-sitting his mansion, they wrecked the house and had Kendall's mom clean it up (but not fully). Gustavo then accidentally wrecks his own house, but nevertheless tells the boys he likes them afterwards. Gustavo is seen to have serious anger issues and his blood pressure can skyrocket. An example is in Big Time Audition when he breaks a tea cup to pieces and destroys a few things outside after Kendall rejects his first offer. He also calls them "dogs" because they show him a magizine that has his saying "I can turn a dog into a rock star" in Big Time Audition.
  • Kelly Wainwright (Tanya Chisholm) - is the nice, pretty, and charming talent scout and Gustavo's assistant. She seems to be fond of the band and their work. But she didn't become a main character till season 2. She likes Logan's smile. She likes and dislikes the boys' plans they make. She can lie or act. She tells Gustavo to tell tthe boys that he likes and cares about him a lot. She has been sentenced to community service once with Gustavo. She aslo writes mmost the checks for the boys' apartment and things they break. Kelly also figured oout that "Hollywood Fever" is a term for home sickness. She thinks Carlos is sweet.

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  • Arthur Griffin (Matt Riedy) is Gustavo's straight-forward boss who frequently annoys him. He seems to have a particular affection for warm pants. He also has a since for making the worst choices in pictures.
  • Mrs. Knight (Challen Cates) is the mother of Kendall and his little sister, Katie. She is a very nice mother who doesn't get mad that easily (shown in Big Time Audition) and as shown in Big Time Dance, is sensitive about dating.
  • Jo Taylor (Katelyn Tarver) is the first new girl at the "Palm Woods" , who the guys went crazy for in "Big Time Love Song", but is currently Kendall's girlfriend, as confirmed in "Big Time Dance". They finally had their first kiss in "Big Time Concert". Jo got jealous when she thought Kendall was cheating on her with Jordin Sparks in "Big Time Sparks" but she thought wrong. Also, in "Welcome Back Big Time", on the door on set of her television series, it shows her last name being "Taylor", that being the first time they show her last name. She also faked having a boyfriend in Big Time Love Song but admitted it when Katie found out about it on the phone in Big Time Break.
  • Camille (Erin Sanders) is friends with the boys and is the "Method Actress Queen" at the "Palm Woods", who according to Kendall in "Big Time Party", is somewhat crazy. Jo is her best friend. She has a huge crush on Logan and the two are marked as "just friends" in Big Time Girlfriends. When Logan breaks up with her in this episode, they hug and then kiss, indicating they still have feelings for each other. In the music video for "Boyfriend", the two are seen driving into the Tunnel of Just Friends, but Logan comes out of the tunnel covered in Camille's lipstick. Also in the episode Big Time Girlfriend James and Camille kiss.
  • Reginald/Mr. Bitters (David Anthony Higgins) is the straight-forward manager of the "Palm Woods" who frequently cause problems to the band, & feels delight from disciplining residents, especially the boys. He also has an on-off friendship with Katie.
  • Freight Train (Stephen Keys) is Gustavo's bulky enforcer, who according to him, is in charge of making people do what Gustavo says at all times and can hold all the boys at once. Freight Train is a parody of Christopher "Big Black" Boykin.
  • Tyler's mom (Alyssa Preston) is the mother of Tyler whose name remains unknown. She frequently pesters him about his acting career, when he just wants to be a regular kid.
  • Tyler (Tucker Albrizzi) is a 10-year old who, because of his annoying mother, stars in Juice-Box commercials, much to his dismay. Thanks to his friend, he is, on occasion able to hide from her. Even though it is stated that Katie has no friends in various episodes, he seems to be her friend.
  • Guitar Dude (Barnett O'Hara) is the well-known song writer and guitar player at the "Palm Woods" who is a former cellist before he got "Hollywood Fever", as revealed by Camille in the episode "Big Time Fever".
  • Buddha Bob (Daran Norris) is the easy-going grounds keeper at the Palm Woods. He was mistaken as an "axe-maniac" by Mrs. Knight in "Big Time Bad Boy" and has snow making machines.
  • The Jennifers (Denyse Tontz [Jennifer 1], Spencer Locke/Kelli Goss [Jennifer 2], and Savannah Jayde [Jennifer 3]) are three self-absorbed girls with the same name, who were the boys interests but is now Carlos' interest. They used to walk in normal motion, before they got "Hollywood Fever", as revealed by Camille in the episode "Big Time Fever". They also sing, act, and dance, according to Tyler in the pilot Big Time Audition, "We've seen them act and dance, but not sing".
  • Mercedes Griffin (Carlie Casey) is the vain, self-absorbed, rude, untruthful, and manipulating daughter of Griffin. She makes major appearances in "Big Time Demos" & "Big Time Party" and is fond of the boys, which is why she used them to start dating them by pretending to be the "secret someone who picks their demos", & threatening to choose their competition "Vampirah!" over them unless they date her, however didn't date James since she thinks people prettier than her is "out of her league". She dated Carlos and Kendall but broke up with them and dated Logan for a week but he "cheated" on her and broke up with him and made Guitar dude her boyfriend.
  • The Simms Twins (Tiana Madry and Tiera Madry), are two girls at the Palm Woods, first seen in "Big Time Love Song", who the guys like, although the girls get angry when their names are messed up.
  • Rachael (Rachel DiPillo) is the "second" new girl, first being Jo, who is fond of James, but was part of a mob that chased him out in "Big Time Dance". She is referred to as "Sunblock Girl" by James.
  • Stephanie King (Tristin Mays), the third "new girl", first being Jo and second being Rachael, introduced in the episode "Big Time Terror", who frightens the boys by acting as a ghost and turns out to be actually producing her first no budget horror flick. She likes the boys, preferring them as "cute and hot", but It seems she likes Carlos more as seen in Big Time Terror and Big Time Dance.

Guest starsEdit

Main article: List of Big Time Rush characters
Guest Star As Starring role Year(s) of appearance Season(s) Episode(s)
Jordin Sparks Herself Recording a song at Rocque Records 2010 1 Big Time Sparks
Chris Masters (WWE Superstar) Himself Third but last School of Rocque teacher 2010 1 Big Time School of Rocque
Big Time Demos (hardly noticeable half-second appearance in a flashback)
Phil LaMarr Hawk Gustavo's arch-rival 2010 1 Big Time Sparks, Big Time Concert
Nicole Scherzinger Herself Visiting Rocque Records 2009 Pilot Big Time Audition
Matthew Moy Deke Music Entertainment Blogger 2010 1 Big Time Blogger
Lorenzo Lamas Dr. Hollywood Doctor at the Palm Woods 2010 1 Big Time Love Song
Fabio Himself Mrs. Knight's date at the School dance 2010 1 Big Time Dance
Carlos Alazraqui Marcos Del Posey Photographer\Director 2010 1 Big Time Photo Shoot, Big Time Video
Erik Estrada Officer Garcia Police Officer\Carlos Dad 2010 1 Big Time Break
Parker Young Trevor\Travis Jo's fake boyfriend assigned to cover her lie of actually having one for $20.00. 2010 1 Big Time Break
Koji Kataoka Fujisaki Head of CEO headquarters 2010 1 Big Time Crib, Big Time Party
Dee Bradley Baker Mr. Smitty First School of Rocque teacher 2010 1 Big Time School of Rocque
Matt Angel Wayne Wayne\Wally Dooley Fifth band member (only in the episode, Big Time Bad Boy) 2010 1 Big Time Bad Boy (main role)
Big Time Jobs (cameo appearance)
Roz Witt Mrs. Chisdak Second School of Rocque teacher 2010 1 Big Time School of Rocque
Curt Hansen (actor) Dak Zevon Teen popstar\Singer 2010 1 Big Time Photo Shoot (main role)
Big Time Blogger (mentioned and cameo appearance),
Big Time Concert (main role)
James Arnold Taylor Regional Manager Taylor Regional Manager 2010 1 Big Time Demos
Ahmed Best Marketer Part of Preparation Crew for "Day With Deke" 2010 1 Big Time Blogger
Tara Strong Miss Collins the boys' current teacher at the Palm Woods school. 2010 2 Big Time School of Rocque (major appearance)
Big Time Dance (minor appearance)
Welcome Back, Big Time (second major appearance)
Reece Kirk Jean-Luc Varn Darn A protester of Gustavo\Movie star 2010 1 Big Time Blogger
Rachel Quaintace Roberta[5] Co-partner with "Marketer" for Day With Deke 2010 1 Big Time Audition, Big Time Blogger, Big Time Concert
Camilla Luddington Rebecca Hawk's (karate-like) assistant 2010 1 Big Time Concert
Brian McGovern Mr. Diamond James father 2010 1 Big Time Concert
Ed Begley Jr. Himself Voice Actor hired to read "Can You Foo?" (by Dr. Smoosh) when the record company switches to producing children's books on tape 2010 2 Big Time Concert, Big Time Live
Sam Stone (V) Skippy Hippenlooper Trying out to replace James 2010 1 Big Time Concert
David Cade Jett Stenson Jo's co-star for new sitcom, "New Town High" 2010 2 Welcome Back, Big Time
Sammy Jay Wren Jenny Tinkler The boys hometown friend from High School 2010 2 Big Time Audition (minor role), Big Time Fans (major role)


A total of 24 episodes aired on Nickelodeon — with additional ordered episodes remaining unaired. New episodes usually air on Friday nights at 8:00 pm, with occasional episode debuts on Saturday nights. Reruns also currently air each weekend afternoon on Nickelodeon's spinoff channel, TeenNick.

Main article: List of Big Time Rush episodes


TV specialsEdit

The following here is the list of two-part episodes.

Big Time AuditionEdit

Main article: Big Time Audition

The first hour-long pilot episode, "Big Time Audition", aired as a special "sneak preview" for the series on November 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., following the iCarly special, "iMove Out". This marked the film debut of the franchise. In the pilot, four hockey-playing teenage best friends from Minnesota get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become famous. It was intended for Kendall to go solo, but he refused to succumb to this chance without his best friends, so eventually Gustavo gave in and made them a singing group. They must prove to their record label they are ready for that chance.

Big Time ConcertEdit

Main article: Big Time Concert

The second hour-long made-for-television season finale movie, Big Time Concert, premiered on Nickelodeon and was released on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The boys learn about their first CD release when Griffin boosts the boys dream of being hit singers. They return to Minnesota to think about other dreams, but have come to a point where their lives have changed and decide to take control of that. They return to Los Angeles for their first concert. Right before the concert begins, Hawk kidnaps the four boys and ties them up at a private location to destroy their career.

Big Time ChristmasEdit

Main article: Big Time Christmas

The third television movie (Christmas special), Big Time Christmas, is scheduled to air sometime this Christmas. Miranda Cosgrove, Snoop Dogg and Fabio will guest star on the movie.


Main article: Big Time Rush (band)

Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which is why music and music instrumentals are incorporated throughout the series. All or most of the music videos for the singles are available on YouTube.[6]


Year Song Peak positions Album
2009 "Big Time Rush" 116 B.T.R.
2010 "Any Kind of Guy" 124 Non-album single
"Halfway There" 93 B.T.R.
"Famous" 119 Non-album single
"City Is Ours" 105 B.T.R.
"Til I Forget About You" Template:N/a B.T.R.
"Boyfriend" Template:N/a B.T.R.

Big Time Rush's debut album, B.T.R., was released on October 11th, 2010 via Sony/Columbia.[7]

After the wrapping of the show's second season, Big Time Rush will be going on their first headlining tour. The tour, which has 16 scheduled stops, kicks off on October 29, 2010 in Dallas, Texas, and ends on November 21, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

One of the songs featured on the show, "Shot in the Dark", has yet to be released in it's full version. Several songs like "Oh Yeah", "Worldwide", "Nothing Even Matters", "Paralyzed", and "Real Gone" have yet to be featured on the show. The song, "Boyfriend", was leaked on YouTube on September 29, 2010.


Production notesEdit

The series was conceived and created by Scott Fellows, formerly the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[8] Fellows says his inspiration for the show was the 1960s musical comedy show, The Monkees[9]—a popular and culturally significant American television series about a group of four young male adults who form a rock band, become famous, and sing songs while having comedic adventures.[10] Although the show had a concept as early as 2007, the series had no actual title as late as August 2009.[11]

Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show, which will incorporate original music into the series.[12] Big Time Rush is one of the three Nickelodeon shows (the others are iCarly and Victorious) on which the cable network is partnering with the music group to promote music as well as shows.[11] The four actors will sing in a band whose name will be "Big Time Rush."[4][13] The first single from the show, "Big Time Rush" (the series theme song), was released in November 2009.[4] Additional songs will be released throughout the show's first season.[4] The Los Angeles Times has been critical of the show's focus on music, noting: Template:Cquote The show incorporate, during the closing credits of each episode exclusively in Nickelodeon airings, "short previews" of music videos of each single from the series that have yet to air in their full versions, and occasionally features premieres of full versions of music videos of the singles.

The show also incorporate cartoon-like noises, music, and editing cuts designed to make it more humorous;[8] this was also a trademark of series creator Scott Fellows' previous Nickelodeon series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. It is targeted primarily at children age 6 to 18.


A nationwide[11] casting effort began in 2007.[13][14][15] More than 1,500 teens and young adults auditioned for the four roles.[16] Kendall Schmidt was the last actor cast, and the most difficult role to cast.[16] Filming of the series began in August 2009.[16] Actor Carlos Pena, Jr. previously worked with creator/producer Scott Fellows on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[14] Although he was reluctant to do so (he had just entered the Boston Conservatory to study music), Pena submitted an audition tape and won the role a month later.[17] Executive Producer Scott Fellows was inspired to write each character by the personality of the actor playing him.[18]


The series is filmed in Los Angeles, California in Hollywood. It mainly takes place at the fictional "Palm Woods" and "Rocque Records" (where the Big Time Rush records at). The series first one-hour special (in some aspects, a movie) is the first episode to take place in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Theme song and opening sequenceEdit

Season 1Edit

During the finishing of a pre-opening sequence in the series, The theme song starts to play the "Oh Oh Ohh Ohhhh!" part and it proceeds to start. The intro theme is the series theme song, "Big Time Rush ". It is presented in an animated CD booklet format. While the intro progresses, they sing the first verse of "Big Time Rush", and skips the "Hey! Oh!, Hey, Oh!, Better take a shot now" part, and continues to progress with the first verse. It contains shots of characters mixed in with animated booklet pictures, scenes from various episodes, and graphic effects. The whole main cast is introduced in this intro.[19]

Season 2Edit

During the finishing of a pre-opening sequence in the series, The theme song starts to play the "Oh Oh Ohh Ohhhh!" part and it proceeds to start. The intro theme is the series theme song, "Big Time Rush". It is presented in an animated CD booklet format. The season two opening is similar to the opening for season one, but this time Tanya Chisholm (who plays Kelly Wainwright on the show) is introduced as a cast member and different scenes and pictures are incorporated into the opening. Other than that, The intro is the same as the season one intro.


Audience receptionEdit

A one-hour special preview (which serves as the series pilot and first episode) debuted on Nickelodeon on November 28, 2009, drawing an audience of 3.5 million viewers. The series' official premiere on January 18, 2010 (which followed the premiere of the iCarly special "iSaved Your Life"), was watched by a total of 6.8 million viewers, Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut.[3][12][20]


The ratings rose after the television debut, with the episode, Big Time School of Rocque, on Monday January 18, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ET drew a total of 6.8 million viewers, Nickelodeon's highest rated live-action series premiere. The series became Nickelodeon's second highest rated sitcoms after less than a month on the air, behind iCarly. Each episode's debut routinely draws an average of more than three to Four million viewers.[21] Since its debut, the show maintains a loyal fan base and has recentlyTemplate:When experienced a resurgence of popularity after less than a month on the air.[22]

Critical receptionEdit

The show has received mixed to positive reviews from critics.[23] Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd called the show an "excellent show on Nick," while also noting that the "music is incidental".[8] The Associated Press said the show had "a nice style, rousing spirit and snippets of music and dance", and concluded it was an "engaging romp that should slap the network's core audience". AP critic Frazier Moore credited the show with "sharp writing and snappy pacing". Reporter Maxine Shen of the New York Post declared, "The guys look nice and cool and full of rock that tons of parents and kids will enjoy."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was less enthusiastic, concluding that the show was "Nick's attempt at building a Jonas Brothers-style pop band. It's Nick's answer to Disney Channel's 'JONAS,' albeit slightly less organic since 'Rush' doesn't feature siblings."[24] The Hartford Courant was openly critical, calling the series a "copycat" show "with their own thin pop and unfunny comedies. "[25] The Boston Globe criticized the show as "one example in a growing list of kid shows selling showbiz fantasies to children. The genre is stronger than ever now and more fixated on the perks of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle ... wish fulfillment at a time when tabloid dreams are ubiquitous."[14]


"Big Time Rush" was nominated for "TV Show" and "Group or Duo" for the 2010 Poptastic Awards.[26] In Australia's Kids Choice Awards, Big Time Rush was Nominated for two awards, Favorite International Band and Favorite TV Star.[27] Big Time Rush also Won two additional awards for the "Teen Icon Awards", "Iconic TV Show" and "Iconic Triple Threat".[28]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2010 2010 Poptastic Awards TV Show Big Time Rush Template:Nominated
2010 2010 Poptastic Awards Group or Duo Big Time Rush Template:Nominated
2010 Australia 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite International Band Big Time Rush Template:Nominated
2010 Australia 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Star Big Time Rush Template:Nominated
2010 Teen Icon Awards Iconic TV Show Big Time Rush Template:Pending
2010 Teen Icon AwardsIconic Triple Threat Big Time Rush Template:Pending

DVD releaseEdit

Template:Expand section A DVD was to be released on August 10, with six episodes, music videos, and more, but it was canceled, according to[29][30][31] The official full Season one DVD is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2011[32]

Name Release date Contains
Big Time Rush: Season One[32] March 1, 2011 All Season one episodes


Broadcast historyEdit

Channel Run Episodes Status
Nickelodeon November 28, 2009 (Sneak Preview)
January 18, 2010 - Fall 2010 (new episodes: season one)
Reruns\NEW episodes Returning Series
TeenNick November 29, 2009–present (in reruns); airs weekends only Reruns (only) Currently airing

International releaseEdit

Countries/Regions Network Series Premiere
Template:USA Nickelodeon November 28, 2009 (Sneak Preview)
January 18, 2010
Template:GER Nickelodeon Germany April, 24 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 29, 2010
Template:UK Nickelodeon UK and Ireland May 3, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
Template:BRA Nickelodeon Brazil April 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 13, 2010
Template:ISR Nickelodeon Israel May 20, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
July 1, 2010
Template:Flag Nickelodeon Southeast Asia April 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 31, 2010
Template:NED Nickelodeon Benelux May 1, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 29, 2010
Template:POL Nickelodeon Poland May 29, 2010 (Sneak Preview)

June 12, 2010

Template:Flag Nickelodeon Indonesia, Global TV August 17, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
August 31, 2010
Template:Flag Nickelodeon (CIS) May 29, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
Template:ITA Nickelodeon May 15, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
May 28, 2010
Template:Flag icon Croatia Nickelodeon May 20, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
Fall 2010
Template:Flag icon Canada Nickelodeon & YTV Canada August 6, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
September 6, 2010[33]
Template:NZL Nickelodeon New Zealand 2010 (Sneak Preview)
Template:AUS Nickelodeon Australia 2010 (Sneak Preview)
October 8, 2010


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  9. Martin, Denise. "Child's Play." Los Angeles Times. November 22, 2009.
  10. Baker, Glenn A. Monkeemania: The Story of the Monkees. Rev. ed. Medford, N.J.: Plexus Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-85965-292-0; Lefcowitz, Eric. The Monkees Tale. Rev. ed. San Francisco, Calif.: Last Gasp, 1989. ISBN 0-86719-378-6; Sandoval, Andrew. The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation. Charlotte, N.C.: Thunder Bay Press. ISBN 1-59223-372-4
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