Parents' Guide to

Dolly Parton's Heartstrings

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Compelling dramatic tales bring iconic song lyrics to life.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+


My 10 year old daughter loves Dolly Parton and was excited to watch this show. I can’t speak for the whole series, but we had to turn off the first episode, Jolene, after 12 minutes. At least half a dozen terms for breasts, plenty of shots of a character’s cleavage, and someone propositioning another character for sex in a bar bathroom was too much for us.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Good story line!

I like the songs and story line did not hear any swear words used but we enjoyed all 8 episodes we need more good entertainment I like Dolly 's songs ! Hope to see 2nd season !

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Compelling and dramatic, this series will reach far beyond the country music fan pool for its audience. The stories are wonderfully written and expertly acted, and despite their roots in the words of well-known songs, they never feel formulaic. Often the plots veer from the expected while still staying true to the prominent themes. What's more, even though Parton introduces each episode herself and acts in several, you never get the sense that the show is an advertising tool. Even the songs that inspire the stories themselves serve to complement rather than to overwhelm the content.

Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is wholesome, heartfelt -- and yes, sometimes soapy -- entertainment, but because each story is so unique, it's difficult to predict the issues that might arise as it evolves. Where one episode brims with mostly family friendly content and themes of respect, honesty, and compassion, another delves into more mature subjects like marital infidelity and sympathizes to some degree with "the other woman." As such, if you're hoping to watch with your tweens, be sure to preview the episodes to select those that are most appropriate for general family viewing and save the others for grown-up TV time.

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