As Told by Ginger

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Junior high girls are models of self-esteem.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Ginger's mom is a single parent who works hard but always puts her kids first. The school's demographics are fairly well rounded, and although snobby Miranda is African-American, there's no racism whatsoever.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Boy/girl relationships are mentioned, but nothing physical is shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main characters are three intelligent, well-adjusted junior high girls who are comfortable with themselves. Ginger's mom, Lois, provides an admirable role model as a single parent who balances work and family life and is a strong force in her kids' development. The two coolest girls in school poke some fun at Ginger and her friends, but it only serves to reinforce their strong self-esteem, which is a consistent theme of the show.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKMuru November 6, 2019
Adult Written byvioletaA February 5, 2013

Definitely a must for young women

I watched this show when it was still on the air and always loved it more than other "girls shows" on then and after. I remember loving it, but recent... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpacething7474 January 14, 2018

Why wasn't this exclusive to TeenNick?

This series was awful. I think the show should've been burned off on TeenNick instead of Nicktoons, because TeenNick is a way better fit for it. It surpri... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byCarlTheCritic June 12, 2013

Great show.

As Told by Ginger was funny and cool. I also really liked the characters, my favorite one was Carl. He has the EXACT SAME NAME as I do. The theme song was catch... Continue reading

What's the story?

On the "coolness" scale, 12-year-old Ginger Foutley (voiced by Melissa Disney) and her best friends Dodie Bishop (Aspen Miller) and Macie Lightfoot (Jackie Harris) teeter toward the nerdy end, making them the victims of some nasty teasing at school. But their constant desire to climb the popularity ladder is offset by their realization that self-acceptance and unconditional friendship matter more than the opinions of their peers. Produced by the creators of the Rugrats media franchise, AS TOLD BY GINGER is a multidimensional look at the life of a preteen girl pulled between being true to herself and succumbing to the demands of popularity.

Is it any good?

The three main characters are intelligent, well-adjusted junior high girls who are comfortable with themselves. Ginger is helped along the way by her caring single mom, Lois (Laraine Newman), representing the foundation for Ginger's strong values. Viewers are privy to Ginger's insights through her chats with Dodie and Macie, as well as through the poetry she writes, such as "Someone once told me the grass is much greener on the other side... From where I'm standing, my grass is green." Lessons like that are worth learning, and they're exactly the kind of messages viewers will get from this show -- which makes it a winner for kids ages 7 and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pressure to be part of the "in" crowd. How important is it to be accepted among the so-called "cool kids"? What if being cool meant doing or saying things at others' expense? Which group of kids on this show would you rather be friends with? Why? Parents also can talk about Ginger's relationship with Lois. What do you admire about Ginger's mom? What's important in the relationship between parent and child?

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