A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Episodes have dealt directly and admirably with issues of tolerance.
Positive Role Models
Some racial diversity in the cast, but most of the main characters are white.
Violence & Scariness
Characters have been beaten up at school (off-screen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The series does not advocate premarital sex, but characters grapple with the issue. A classmate became pregnant and needed help.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Episodes have included issues of underage drinking and drug use with the clear goal of illuminating the problem or exploring how to handle it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this generally wholesome family drama always offers great opportunities for families to discuss issues that affect both parents and kids, including hot-button topics like premarital sex and pregnancy. Therefore, parents might want to think twice before allowing younger kids to view the program.
Is It Any Good?
The series insists on dealing with timely social issues (homelessness, hate crimes) as well as the difficult situations kids and teens encounter as they grow up (premarital sex, drinking). As a consequence, sometimes 7th Heaven feels like a morality play, and the dialogue and acting seems stiff. But viewers see how the Camden family, together with friends and spouses, work through their problems -- even those that seem insurmountable -- and ultimately find solutions.
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.