By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Book-based drama series offers feel-good content.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong themes of compassion, gratitude, reconciliation, and forgiveness drive this show's plot. Family ties strengthen as the story develops and members come to terms with their past mistakes. Characters must strike a balance between work and family; it's not easy, and it's constantly evolving, but happiness comes in surprising ways in the process.
Positive Role Models
Most characters emerge as role models at one point or another. Parents inspire children (young and adult) to take stock of their lives and make better choices, and younger generations provide new perspective that encourages their elders to reassess their priorities. Everyone shows a willingness to learn from past wrongs.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Closeness and some kissing between adults.
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The show is based on a book series by Sherryl Woods.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer and/or wine at dinner or social gatherings. Trace mentions heavy drinking in his past.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chesapeake Shores is a heartwarming drama series based on books by Sherryl Woods. It follows a divorcée's return to her coastal hometown after years of living and working in New York City. As she comes face-to-face with events and people from her past, she must reassess the path her life has taken and decide whtehr it's the best choice for her and her daughters. There are strong themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, some moments of sadness, and many occasions for the characters to inspire others in positive ways. Adult couples embrace and kiss, and in some scenes they drink beer or wine. This feel-good drama is a great choice for teens and adults.
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Based on 11 parent reviews
Good and wholesome apart from sweeping stereotypes about Irish/English people based on 1920’s movies
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Good but lack diversity
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What's the Story?
When overworked divorcée and single mom Abby's (Meghan Ory) younger sister, Jess (Laci J. Mailey), asks her to come home to CHESAPEAKE SHORES to help with her recent business endeavor, she reluctantly agrees to a short trip with her two young daughters. But being back in her sleepy childhood town brings back some sad memories and unfinished business of her own, especially when she comes face-to-face with her first love, Trace (Jesse Metcalfe), who's searching for a new direction after years away himself. As she reconciles with Trace and with her tough-love dad, Mick (Treat Williams), and faces new challenges with her ex-husband, Abby begins to wonder if Chesapeake Shores should be more than just a weekend getaway for her and her girls.
Is It Any Good?
This multigenerational drama series is poignant and heartfelt (sometimes to the point of sappiness) in its presentation of life's ups and downs and themes of reconciliation and forgiveness. Even as the saying warns you can never go home again, Abby discovers that returning home still can have a significant impact on you and that those who love you can help you find your way when you're lost. As she wrestles with her past and future, she finds renewed strength in family, friends, and especially her children -- a nice turn of events that reminds us of the value of not taking those closest to us for granted.
Chesepeake Shores is wholesome, inspiring entertainment appropriate for the whole family, but its subject matter probably won't resonate with kids and tweens. Its feel-good messages about facing your past, forgiving and being forgiven, and embracing change are most relevant to adults, and there is some value in them for teens if they will watch. This heartwarming show is an uplifting addition to prime-ime drama offerings.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about making amends. How is forgiveness portrayed in Chesapeake Shores? Is it difficult to ask for forgiveness when you've wronged someone else? How does the passage of time affect your willingness to do so?
Does Abby really know what she wants in life? Is it always easy to determine that for yourself? How do your priorities change as you get older? Teens: Do you like feeling settled, or are you inspired by adventure?
This story puts nearly all its characters on an even playing field with regard to learning lessons. Is that similar to your experiences? When have you been in a position to teach someone else? To learn from someone younger than you? How do different perspectives help you shape your own reality?
How do the characters in Chesapeake Shores demonstrate compassion and gratitude? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: August 14, 2016
- Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Treat Williams, Meghan Ory
- Network: Hallmark Channel
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Gratitude
- TV rating: NR
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 3, 2023
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