Once Upon a Time

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Fresh take on fairy tales is moody fun for families.

ABC Drama 2011

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 96 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 417 reviews

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age 15+

Great modern fantasy show! But no to kids and pre-teens

It is a great storylines, complexily characters, strong females characters (good role models for women) and message that "love always wins" and "make the right things". But in my point of view would no be good to kids because of implicity sexual insinuations, implicit sex and violence, characters make ambiguous things and darker themes like revenge, passional crimes, villians make evil things with their own family and intenses psycological conflits (parental abuse, depression and self destructive tendencies).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Absolutely Amazing

This show has really good story lines and twists to it and it continues to stay entertaining throughout. It really is intended for teens 14+ because of the occasional sexual reference (there is one scene in the first season where the mayor says she is going to a meeting but she is actually meeting up with the sheriff and doing 'mischievous' things) and there is very subtle language. My 11 year old brother was watching it with me and there was a hot scene and I just told him to leave the room because I didn't want him exposed to that, but otherwise this show is amazing!
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