I put the green light at 11 rather than 8 like you do only because some individual episodes, particularly in the first 2 seasons, are best reserved for kids 11 and up. Having said that, this show is a great introduction to the political world in the 1980s, as there are frequent references to then-current events like Iran-Contra and the 1988 election. Since both parents work and still maintain a strong family and a harmonious home, this show demonstrates that it can be done. Most importantly, everyone in the household respects one another despite their personality differences. The only thing with which eyebrows should be raised regards the episode where Mallory announces that she doesn't want to go to college, but wants to work in a clothing store instead. Elyse, the mother, said, "You can't make a career out of it." Steven, the father, was with Elyse. In other words, their attitude toward working-class jobs is slightly questionable. But again, Mallory's boyfriend Nick makes up for that somewhat. Still, in a way it's disheartening that Mallory, who usually doesn't do well in school, does well when she tries. In itself that's a good message, but it gets taken too far, as there are some kids who don't do well in school no matter how hard they try. The writers could've made Mallory not do well in school no matter how hard she tried, as that's the way it is for some kids in real life. Moreover, almost all tv teens go to college. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, but think about teens in real life who don't go to college. How are they going to feel? That's why I feel that Mallory should not have gone, as then real-life teens who don't go to college would not have felt left out.