Parents' Guide to

Braceface

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Unpredictable braces wreak havoc; kids will enjoy

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for kids

Not for kids
age 15+

A mature but entertaining show.

Brace face can be a very mature show at times. I was honestly surprised it mentioned alcohol and even had an episode of main character getting drunk. Later that day, her father hinted that she could've been taken advantaged of (rape) when under the influence. That episode ended with her puking her brains out and learning her lesson. Shows/ movies for preteens/ teens nowadays can't even mention periods. Which this show talks about too. Periods are a natural way of life for girls and women, and we should not ignore that. I think preteens shows need to spread more awareness to these "issues" like this show does.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Braceface is typical of a lot of TV fare about teens -- strange braces aside, life seems a lot simpler for these characters than most teens probably find it. But the show addresses the major issues of adolescence -- freedom and responsibility, the social perils of high school, starting relationships, and so on -- in a nicely straightforward way. The situations are fairly clichéd: Sharon's mother goes out of town, and the kids throw a huge party; Sharon likes a new boy but leaves a message for him on someone else's cell phone; Sharon's best friend has a crush on her English teacher.

And, of course, each episode is punctuated by Sharon's braces acting weird. The show might be better without this device. It does attempt to take on some of the real issues facing teens. But ultimately it's rather lightweight and, well, cartoony. There's nothing wrong with that, but it could use a bit more substance and less silliness.

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