Parents' Guide to

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Endearing historical drama is a classic for families.

TV Syndicated Drama 1993
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

Not as innocent as people make it to be

I used to watch this when I was a kid, but I think I stopped around season 2 cause I didn't remember the suggestive stuff. I put it for my daughter to watch but pretty soon I started seeing stuff that made me uncomfortable as a parent. There is a brothel in town. My daughter heard the word "whores" and didn't know what it meant. She is not at an age that I can explain it to her. There are suggestions about sex and how women get pregnant. If you have little kids and you don't want them to start asking questions you don't want to answer, then don't watch this show.
age 13+

Not for tweens!

This drama is excellent! But it isn't for 7 yr olds. Plenty of the content is very family friendly, but there is a brothel in town and lots of talk of prostitution. That should be for teens and up- not 8 yr olds!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Expertly cast and beautifully scripted, this engaging historical drama deserves a spot atop families' viewing lists. Each episode is rich in positive family values, and the characters' problems -- although set amid the backdrop of post-Civil War America -- still are relatable today. Illness, financial uncertainty, death, political disputes, teen rebellion, changing gender roles, and racial tension are just some of the townspeople's struggles, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman promotes family and community ties as the base of the characters' strength in coping with each one.

Even more noticeable than what's included in the show is the absence of what's not, namely crudity, sex, and violence. You'll find none of that here, but you will see firm parenting with loving undertones, kids who respect their elders, the happy results of community-mindedness, and sweet relationships that blossom into love without the pressures of physical intimacy.

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