Parents' Guide to

Finding Carter

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Engaging teen drama has mature themes and risky behavior.

TV MTV Drama 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Best show ever

I love this show I watch it every Tuesday an since I don't have cable I watch it on the MTV app

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

So much possibility. .

I have watched this show since episode 1. I was a bit concerned from the onset about the casual drinking, drugs and sex but I attributed it to the fact Carter had been raised by an abductor. I also attributed the lack of parenting by her birth parents to them having lost so much time with her. I have since seen the show morph to parents being "friends" but not parents, Carter working in a bar and dating a married man and one teen character lamenting the fact that she's never had an orgasm with ANY of her partners! Wow! Seriously, these are high school kids! Conceptually this show had tons of potential but even that has fallen flat now that Carter is reconnecting with her abductor... It is a sad day when the characters in this show are being portrayed as "normal" teens and encouraging teens to disobey, lie to and disrespect parents. It is equally as sad that parents are portrayed as puppets to be played by said teens!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (6):

The series, reminiscent of the novel The Face on the Milk Carton, combines the tragedy of childhood abduction with the angst and drama that teen-oriented shows are known for. But amid the improbable (and sometimes over-the-top) plot lines is a very believable story about a young woman's struggle to figure out who she is while being forced to cope with the sadness and anger she feels about her circumstances.

As with most MTV shows of this kind, Finding Carter features lots of risky behaviors. It also sends some not-so-subtle messages about some adults' inability or unwillingness to parent. However, much of this is offered up as a way of underscoring some very real and far-reaching consequences an event such as child kidnapping has on everyone involved. It's an engaging show and very likely to appeal to older tweens and teens.

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