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Being Erica



Soapy time travel series is a fun guilty pleasure.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show’s overall message is about taking control of your life, and about thinking about the past in order to appreciate and/or understand the present.

Positive role models

Erica is focused on improving her life and her relationships, despite her flaws. Erica's counselor offers sage advice about looking at the world.


Occasionally Erica finds herself arguing with friends and family during the past and present. One of Erica’s close family members dies a violent death.


Some sexual innuendo, including references to people sleeping with each other. Men appear shirtless; one scene shows female college students pulling off their tops in feminist protest (bare backs are visible).


Words like “hell” and "damn" are audible.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking (wine, cocktails). Visits to past college years often leads to images of students drinking beer, getting drunk, and sometimes getting sick.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this soapy Canadian drama includes some positive messages about taking control of your life. Some sexual innuendo, mild arguing, and occasional strong language (“hell,” “damn”) pepper the show. Characters sometimes drink socially, and, on occasion, people are shown getting drunk. Adult-oriented themes (marriage, motherhood, infidelity, death) make the show best for adults, but teens drawn to soap operas will probably find it entertaining.

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What's the story?

In BEING ERICA, 32-year-old Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) begins therapy to help change her life. But her sessions take a mysterious turn when, after meeting with rather mysterious Dr. Tom Wexler (Michael Riley), she finds herself traveling back in time to the moments in her life that she regrets the most. While in the past, Erica attempts to make better decisions in order to rewrite her personal history and improve her present situation. Her journeys also allow her to rework past and present relationships with her family, including sister Samantha (Joana Douglas) and brother Leo (Devon Bostick). She also gets the chance to reevaluate her relationships with longtime friends like Katie Atkins (Sarah Gadon), Judith Winters (Vinessa Antoine), and Ethan Wakefield (Tyron Leitso). As Erica weaves back and forth in time, she slowly discovers that she alone has the power to control her own destiny.

Is it any good?


This quirky series explores the complexity of relationships through the eyes of a single woman who's in the process of reevaluating her own life. It also highlights the anxieties that some women face when they enter their 30s -- like being dissatisfied with their careers or being unable to find a suitable mate.

Like any soap opera, BEING ERICA has its fair share of dramatic moments. It also deals with some mature themes that make it too strong for tweens. But for teens and adults who are looking for a entertaining guilty pleasure, this one is sure to fit the bill.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about regrets. Are there things in your past that you wish you could change? If so, how would you change them? Do you think it's healthy or constructive to have regrets? Or is it better to forget about the past and move forward?

  • Talk about alcohol use. How would you characterize Erica's drinking in the past and in the present?

TV details

Premiere date:February 19, 2009
Cast:Erin Karpluk, Michael Riley, Tyron Leitso
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 10 and 14 year old Written byMonicaMom October 4, 2015

Excellent quality tv show for older teens and adults

First of all, I would not compare this show to a "soap opera" at all. It is a quality tv show which does have a lot of drama but is very deep, with the characters exploring their feelings and morals extensively. I have watched all four seasons of this TV show. The main character, Erica, is an excellent role model. My daughter is 14 years old and I would love for her to watch it with me; however, I feel that she is a bit too young. This show would be appropriate for teens about 15 or 16 years of age and up, depending on their maturity. Because the main characters are in their 30s, teens may or not be interested in the show which seems to be aimed more at adults in their 20s to 40s. There is a fair bit of sex in this show (talk about sex, showing naked bodies from the back, showing people having sex in bed covered partially by blankets, one-night-stands, infidelity, etc.). There is also quite a lot of drug use (mostly marijuana but also mushrooms and heroin). The characters use drugs mainly without consequences. There is a fair bit of drinking as well.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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