Parents' Guide to

10 Things I Hate About You

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

High school-set comedy raises important issues for teens.

TV Freeform Comedy 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

good for teens, not for kids!

Not a bad show, but it is definitely not for young kids! Only kids over the age of 14 should be allowed to watch for sexual references and other thematic elements. It is based off the Heath Ledger movie with the same name, which is an adaptation of shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It is humorous, and can be used to teach teens about how to make good/bad decisions about dating/parties/drinking, etc.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+

Used to watch it, but just gave it up May 2010

My family with a 16 year old boy and 14 year old girl watched this show regularly. It was a little edgy sometimes, but we decided that it would provide a positive opportunity to discuss the bad choices that some characters were making. But the episode we just watched actually had one of the main characters going to a clinic with her soon to be partner to test for STDs before they had sex. They discussed the number of partners they had already had, and made it seem like the more the better. While they end up arguing just before consummating the relationship, it was still shocking to see them planning this up to the point of laying in the back of a van half dressed. In the same episode, they have a boy announce that he is gay.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (18 ):

This series probably isn't what Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote The Taming of the Shrew. It's peppered with bold sexual references and innuendo, many of which come from the teens' father (though he's otherwise an admirable role model). What's more, Chastity's nasty behavior toward her social inferiors raises issues related to tolerance and fairness, and Bianca's willingness to forego her dignity for social standing sends some iffy messages to tween and teen girls. Add to that the occasional strong language and casual references to teen drinking, and it's clear that this show (like the movie before it) isn't meant for tweens.

On a positive note, while Kat takes defiance to a new level and is frequently (and unabashedly) rude, her self-assuredness and strength in the face of social pressure are good examples for teens. Cameron, too, displays positive qualities like sincerity and integrity, and his attraction to Bianca is more than just physical. Bottom line? The content is too mature for tweens, but teens are likely to enjoy it -- just be sure to follow up with a discussion about the issues that arise if yours do tune in.

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