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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Edgy teen drama balances real issues with responsibility.

TV CW Drama 2000
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Much like the similarly themed Degrassi High series (both the Old School and Next Generation editions), Edgemont tackles tough issues that real teens face every day, including premarital sex, abortion, underage drinking, sexual identity, bullying, and homophobia. But Edgemont keeps things focused on a much smaller group of characters, which also narrows the pool of teen perspectives. That means that if you're not particularly interested in the characters at hand, there's not a whole lot going on elsewhere to attract your attention.

Another curious difference is Edgemont's seemingly deliberate deletion of any adult characters. In the halls of McKinley High School, we only see and hear from students; there are no teachers, principals or even parents to be found who can serve as positive adult role models. But since the show deals with heavy topics in a frank and realistic way -- and negative actions usually, but not always, bring negative consequences -- it's a good idea for viewers' parents to be available for a reality check.

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