Edgemont TV Poster Image

Edgemont

Edgy teen drama balances real issues with responsibility.
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2000

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Over the long run, the series aims to show teens that every action has some sort of consequence, be it positive or negative, particularly when it comes to heavier topics like teen pregnancy.

Positive role models

It's a mixed bag; most of the main characters make good decisions most of the time, but there are also a few serial troublemakers.

Violence

It's not a regular part of the action, but some episodes deal with bullying.

Sex

Several teen couples talk about having sex; later in the series, one of them becomes pregnant and considers having an abortion.

Language

Rare use of words like "numb-nuts," "hell," "jerk," "butt," "slut," "hooker," "sex maniac," "pervert," "sexy," and "bitch."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some teen characters drink, occasionally to excess, but it's not a regular occurrence.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this topic-heavy teen drama takes a realistic approach to tough issues like teen pregnancy, abortion, homosexuality, underage drinking, and bullying. As a result, you won't always see teens making good choices -- and, sometimes, there aren't obvious immediate negative consequences for their actions (or adults around to weigh in on the issues). Though it tackles topics that might make parents uncomfortable, this series has a moral -- though not preachy -- heart and can ultimately be used as a teaching tool. The content is edgy, but both relevant and appropriate for the target audience, which is why we're giving it an "on" rating. Characters also use words like "numb-nuts," "slut," "hooker," "pervert," and "bitch," although most of these terms are rare. In additon, it's important to note that the show is set in western Canada, where the legal drinking age is 19. So when Edgemont characters drink alcohol, they're still breaking the law, but it's in a slightly different social context.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

EDGEMONT chronicles the lives of a group of high school students living in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. In the beginning, the series focuses on a budding love triangle between easygoing Mark (Dominic Zamprogna), his loyal girlfriend Jennifer (Sarah Lind), and new arrival Laurel (Kristin Kreuk). But as the seasons go on, other characters take center stage with their own trials and tribulations.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether there's a difference between a teen show set in Canada and shows set in the United States. Do you relate to the things these characters are going through? Is the casting more or less realistic than other popular shows about teens -- for example, Gossip Girl?

  • How does the show tackle the topic of teen sex? Is it "normal" for teens to want to have sex? What are some of the consequences of teens having sex before they're ready?

  • What's your take on the show's spectrum of characters? Do you think there's enough diversity? Do you see any stereotypes that bother you?

TV details

Premiere date:September 16, 2000
Cast:Dominic Zamprogna, Grace Park, Kristin Kreuk
Network:CW
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of Edgemont was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Ratings

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate.

Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.