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The show emphasizes the importance of family and friendship, as well as standing up for yourself and integrity. Characters learn from their mistakes and apologize when they're in the wrong.
Positive Role Models
They're not perfect, but Chris' parents work hard and do what's right for their kids, teaching them the value of family, money, and hard work. They also admit when they're wrong and use their own mistakes as learning opportunities for their kids. Chris is a well-meaning teen who usually does the right thing -- or learns an important lesson when he doesn't.
Violence & Scariness
Chris gets into occasional fights at school (most are started by a bully). In one episode, he accidentally breaks his brother's hand after taking a karate class. Mom Rochelle often threatens her kids with physical punishment, but she never follows through (it's all played for laughs).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting, kissing, and innuendo; teenage crushes; discussion of girls' looks.
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The "N" word is used sparingly. Other mild language includes "hell," "damn," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Some episodes involve Chris wanting particular items, but none are name brands. One episode revolves around an issue of Playboy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to becoming a "crackhead" after a character almost fails a math test.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everybody Hates Chris is funny and smart, but its themes are too mature for younger kids. Chris' parents make empty threats when their kids get into trouble; these comments are portrayed in a comedic light and aren't meant to be taken seriously (in fact, the parents are strong role models overall, teaching their kids responsibility and helping family members learn from mistakes). There are jokes about drugs (becoming a "crackhead"), and the "N" word is used sparingly (usually to make a specific point). There's also some mild kissing and jokes about teen pregnancy.
Is It Any Good?
This warmhearted series is a prime example of how to take serious issues and approach them in a humorous yet thought-provoking way. Everybody Hates Chris is innovative, funny, and stereotype-defying -- enjoyable for teens and their parents.
It doesn't shy away from addressing racial stereotypes. For example, much is made over the fact that Chris' father, unlike most other families on the block, is still around to support the family financially and emotionally. The show even goes so far as to mention the "N" word, which a conventional sitcom wouldn't dare utter without the program being considered a "very special episode."
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