Charmed

 
Three witchy women flirt and fight evil; teens OK.

What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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

Sex

Female wardrobes emphasize bare skin and cleavage; sexual innuendos.

Language

Occasional profanity on the level of "bitch."

Consumerism

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.

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.

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, sowhen they aren't busy being witches, Piper runs a nightclub and Phoebe writes an advice column.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan
Network:WB
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bymisledvampire April 10, 2009
age 2+
 

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 them. I love the show because it shows that a girl can be powerful too, you don't need a man to protect you. I'm wiccan, and the show does take the magic to an extreme, but overall, it does a good job of showing that you can't harm others with magic, and that whatever you do will come back to you. Good show overall.
Adult Written bydjb952 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Witchy!

This program causes me great concen because of the stress on the occult and witchcraft. Children in the formative years of development are impressionable and will act out what they see on TV. Teaching about spells and magical potions as methods of combatting evil is an inappropriate message.
Adult Written bymoviemadness January 1, 2009
age 13+
 

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 relationships, while mature, are nothing to worry about. The violence is sometimes a little much, but usually okay for teens. Younger kids won't be as interested. Bottom Line: it's fun, but not great.

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