A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids see the unifying force of a friendship that defies the pressures for tweens to change. However, their adventures often cause havoc for adults around them yet never result in realistic consequences. Some stereotyping exists among the school's population.
Positive Role Models
CJ and her friends break some rules in pursuit of their adventures, sometimes with the help of adults and her older brother, but they never mean any real harm. Other grown-ups are cast as controlling, gullible, or oblivious to the kids' wild antics.
Violence & Scariness
Accidents and mishaps are meant to be funny rather than upsetting, as when a raccoon attacks a teacher or a tween falls from atop a piece of equipment.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 100 Things to Do Before High School follows three tweens' adventures as they attempt to make their middle school years memorable. It's not likely your kids will follow the characters' leads in many of their bucket-list items (driving a crane without permission, for instance), but their smaller infractions, such as lying to teachers or cutting class -- which are cast in a comical light -- might warrant reminders about appropriate behavior. There's a fair amount of lighthearted stereotyping among the school's population, from an unreasonable principal to a hulking, dimwitted hall monitor. This series is hardly realistic, but it's a lot of fun and has some great things to say about the value of friendship.
Is It Any Good?
100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL has a lot going for it: a talented cast of quirky but endearing characters, an ample level of outlandish unreality, and a comically dystopian vision of teen life that flies in the face of rosy-glasses offerings such as High School Musical. Even though the show hints at legit high school woes such as over-scheduling, tough classes, and social anxieties, it does so in such a lighthearted way it's unlikely they'd cause angst for your tweens the way they do for CJ.
What the show does do is reaffirm the value of strong friendships that have stood the test of time. CJ is flanked by her two best friends -- both boys -- for every adventure, and there's no boy-girl awkwardness or hints at anything besides a refreshingly comfortable companionship. Even though the show's setup promises their situation is doomed in the future, thus inspiring their list of last-chance adventures, their clear devotion to each other suggests that really won't be the case. Given the many laugh-out-loud moments, viewers will most remember a decidedly positive view of tween relationships.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Best Tween TV Shows
Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate