We are watching this series with our 11 year old son and 13 year old daughter. Everyone loves it! There is truly a 'favorite character' for everyone, multiple plot lines, and many teachable moments. We have discussed history, the changing status of women in society, morals, loyalty, friendship, politics, and personal choices/boundaries with regard to sexual activity (same sex, prior to marriage, as well as affairs while married.) I am surprised to see parents here more concerned about a homosexual kiss than about violence and young mortality in WWII, including soldiers paralyzed, disfigured and dismembered. Even an "unexplained event" in the 2nd episode of Season One seems reason for more parental concern (**SPOILER** male guest dies in a daughters bedroom during a romantic evening. Tastefully handled. Very discreet visuals.) Homosexual kisses are on network TV, and part of the fabric of our children's lives. Be willing to discuss (or at least answer questions about) where heirs come from, why a man might want to visit a woman's bedroom, mortality in wartime, homosexuality, alcoholism, politics, classism, affairs with maids, family conflict, and the changing status of women in history. Seems to become a bit soap-opera-esque in mid season 2 but still the best "FamilyTV" that we've found for families with tweens. Enjoy!