As Told by Ginger



Junior high girls are models of self-esteem.
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What parents need to know

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
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Sexy stuff

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Jeannie Elias, Kenny Blank, Melissa Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bymessuup2008 August 26, 2009

growing up

now this really should be for kids but it is a good show to watch when a teens is going threw adlescance and they can identifye with the caritors who r going threw the same thing
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Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012


This cartoon is perfect for all ages! It teaches lessons and keeps kids entertained LOL!
Adult Written byMaddys_Wooden_sox April 9, 2008

I like Tv.

This show is good. I like it. It's a nice show to relax to, and often has brilliant lines that are hard to forget.


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