Ghost Whisperer

Common Sense Media says

Part thriller, part weepy drama.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character does good deeds for others.

Violence

Lots of suspense. Some ghosts (particularly in later episodes) can be scary, but overall the show is more sad than frightening.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Fairly mild; mostly of the "damn," "hell," and "crap" variety, with a few uses of "bitch," "bastard," and the like.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show about a woman who talks to the dead isn't age appropriate for younger kids. Most of the ghosts look like regular people, but some do look like decomposed bodies and may be scary for kids. That said, the show's overall tone is sentimental and eerie rather than frightening. Other than the concept of an afterlife, the program doesn't allude to religion in any way. Some mild language.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In GHOST WHISPERER, Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Melinda Gordon, a woman with the ability to speak to "earthbound spirits." Although she tries hard to lead a normal life, Melinda finds it impossible due to the ghosts' constant cries for her help. Inevitably, her compassionate nature compels her to give in.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Some of Melinda's encounters with spirits involve unpleasant/potentially scary sights -- like semi-decomposed bodies. But others aren't as serious or visually disturbing. For example, a nagging wife begs Melinda to tell her husband where she left their safe deposit key, a deceased mom becomes exasperated over her son ignoring a pretty girl, etc. Hewitt has helmed a few bombs -- from Time of Your Life to The Audrey Hepburn Story. But in this case, she does seem to have staying power.

Like the ghosts featured on the show, Ghost Whisperer is in a purgatory of its own. It can't seem to decide whether it's a supernatural thriller or a weepy sentimental drama. This obvious ploy by the show's producers to appeal to both the male and female demographics winds up being Ghost Whisperer's downfall. One minute you're crying, the next you're scared to turn around. The show comes off as uneven, underdeveloped, and void of satisfaction. And the plot line surrounding Melinda's EMT husband, Jim (David Conrad) is thin and trite -- he saves lives, she saves the dead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about death and spirituality. Why does Melinda feel compelled to help the dead around her? Is her gift a blessing or a curse? David considers giving up being an EMT because he lost one of his patients. What would you do in that situation?

TV details

Cast:Camryn Manheim, David Conrad, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Networks:CBS, Syndicated
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2014
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

great show

good ghost show creepy and scary and vary addicting.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old March 17, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

can be frightening

ghost whisperer can be frightening for young kids its very emotional you might even cry watching it near the end very good drama its a very good show recommend it to everyone
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Good...

interesting show with good actresses and actors. i suggest 11+ can watch.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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