Parents' Guide to

Everwood

By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging but controversial show for teens.

TV WB Drama 2002
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

WONDERFUL

Loved It. Great story line. Characters have great lines and their lifes are so exciting and interesting! So NOT boring!
age 11+

upfront and honest

This isn't a pleasent show. However, in the real world, delicate and "hard to face" realism is open and refreshingly addressed in a transparent fashion. It is a show made to stimulate issues that need to be faced at the appropriate time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Like long-running WB family drama 7th Heaven, EVERWOOD tries hard to involve adults and kids alike and tackles some heavy subjects. Both series recognize that today's kids aren't spared from tragedy and difficult decisions. But Everwood has proven to be the richer series, with characters who aren't so perfect, and actors who can give them dimension. Each character is flawed -- and all strive to become better people, sometimes failing. Viewers will appreciate that the series depicts sibling relationships in an especially positive light.

Little kids won't find much of interest in Everwood, nor is the show meant for them. Situations are teen- and adult-oriented and deliberately controversial. The young characters have some problems, but overall they're wholesome, smart, caring role models. Coping with death is a major theme of the show; particularly in the earlier seasons. Families who have lost loved ones may benefit from talking about how characters on the show work through painful emotions. As the show's teen characters age through the seasons, so do their dilemmas -- sex, suicide, substance abuse are all taken on, and romance plays a big part in the drama, with characters meeting, cheating, breaking up, getting back together. It's a bit sudsy, but gentle enough for tweens and teens to watch alone or with parents, who may take particular pleasure in pointing out out the way things used to be. See! People used to wear watches! Hey, look at that flip-phone! Teens may also be more apt to watch if parents explain that Everwood's creator, Greg Berlanti, is also the guy who created the Arrow-verse.

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