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TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
Charmed TV Poster Image
Three witchy women flirt and fight evil; teens OK.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The sisters often put themselves at risk to protect other people and each other. But given the show's fantasy nature, it's difficult to call them good real-life role models.


Frequent battling of demons, many of whom die gruesome deaths. The sisters and their loved ones are often in peril.


Female wardrobes emphasize bare skin and cleavage; sexual innuendos.


Occasional profanity on the level of "bitch."


The network promotes music featured on the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some potions/spells put people under an influence, as if they've taken a drug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that most of the series' witchcraft and occult-related material is obvious and over-the-top fantasy. But the Wiccan (earth-bound) variety of witchcraft is also shown and hits closer to reality -- Wicca is actually practiced by some in real life. Mature relationships, violence, and characters in peril are common throughout the series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymisledvampire April 10, 2009

Love it.

I'm probably going to get a lot of crap for this, but I let my 4 y.o. watch it. We sit down and watch it together. She'll ask questions and I answer t... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviemadness January 1, 2009

Okay Show

Charmed is a fun rainy-day show. The plot and characters are half-baked, but there is enough cheesy romance and fight scenes to keep it going. The relationshi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 September 1, 2010

A mystical show for teens+

My mom saw some of this show, and I started watching some of it, too. It was interesting. I haven't watched much episodes, so my review might not help. But... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 31, 2014

Give it a chance - despite violence in Season 1

Hello... Epicboy21, yet again. And from what I've seen on an edited TV version, there's been at least a few stabbings and a somewhat bloody shooting..... Continue reading

What's the story?

CHARMED is a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Like Buffy, the Halliwell sisters have been given powers and a mission to fight evil, but like Sabrina, they haven't completely mastered their magic, and spells often go awry in funny and problematic ways. The sisters, also called "the charmed ones," are Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Paige (Rose McGowan), and Piper (Holly Marie Combs); in earlier seasons, Shannen Doherty played fourth sister Prue. Each sister has different gift -- the ability to blow things up, freeze things, move objects, and morph into different realms. They lived normal lives until learning in their twenties that they held the "power of three" and were predestined to fulfill a witchcraft prophecy, so when they aren't busy being witches, Piper runs a nightclub and Phoebe writes an advice column.

Is it any good?

Charmed is a strange mix between deathly serious and kooky comedy. Over its long run, the show has constructed an elaborate good vs. evil fantasy world populated by elders, avatars, seers, and demons. But even with some heavily dramatic content involving the death of family members, Charmed remains fundamentally a silly show -- often with weak storylines and poor acting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about witchcraft. Do you think it's depicted realistically in this show? Is there any realism at all to the program? Do teens prefer the drama of the sisters' personal lives or its fantasy aspects?

TV details

For kids who love magic

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