Parents' Guide to

Eli Stone

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hokey premise makes good message hard to swallow.

TV ABC Drama 2008
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

We liked it...

Some visions have violence. By S2E5 they identify God at least as the Old Testament Israelite God (yet to see if they mention Jesus). A little too much sexy stuff for some people we reckon. Also check out the similar TV series "God Friended Me" and "Drop Dead Diva".

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
age 11+

Great show

My kids and I enjoyed watching this together. It had a great message about doing what is right and following God's calling even when it's difficult.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

Thanks to an original premise, over-the-top special effects, and elaborate song-and-dance sequences (some of which are actually cringe-worthy), Eli Stone is the kind of series with the potential to develop a cult following. But it's also a drama with comic aspirations that fall a bit flat.

It's not that Miller isn't a likeable lead (his mix of charm and bewilderment is perfect) or that the comedy isn't clever (the revelation that Eli's sage acupuncturist, Dr. Chen, is actually a regular guy named Frank Niebowkowski is genius). It's just that, for some, the series as a whole might try a little too hard to be cute. It's also puzzling that Michael's music features prominently -- almost as puzzling as the idea that he could help sell the series in the first place.

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