Parents' Guide to

Forever Young

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gimmicky reality series has a surprisingly positive message.

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On its face, Forever Young sounds like another groan-worthy "reality" series with a gimmick, a show that couldn't possibly yield anything worthwhile. The cast includes two groups -- the Juniors and the Seniors -- who represent an array of stereotypes, from an image-obsessed hottie who looks like a stray Kardashian to a set-in-his-ways curmudgeon who practically snaps "Get off my lawn!" But just when you think you know where the show's going (AKA nowhere fast), you find yourself rooting for members of both groups who make surprisingly meaningful connections that defy conventional age brackets -- and your own low expectations.

That's not to say this is award-worthy television. The format is far from original, complete with a corny game show challenge that's designed to reveal the gaps in each generation's pop culture knowledge. (And, of course, we've seen the whole different-people-living-under-the-same-roof approach way too many times before.) Yet what works here is the ability of both age groups to ultimately shed their presumptions and learn from each other, not as young people and old people, but as unlikely friends.

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