Ghost Whisperer

TV review by
Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Part thriller, part weepy drama.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The main character does good deeds for others.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytheherotop November 21, 2015
Parent of a 6, 8, and 11-year-old Written byLa Familia Natural February 8, 2012

Chances are... you end with a great family takl!

I've watched the show since the first season, believing it was a scary show. But found in it great detonators for spirituality family talks. Now my 12 ye... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAsha11 September 11, 2016

Really good but might scare little kids

This show is really good but has a lot of jump scares, scary images, and mature themes like drowning, burning, getting hit by a car or a train, and suicid attem... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFerrariLover12 June 17, 2016

A Great Show...

Ghost Whisperer is a wonderfully made tv series staring Jenifer Love Hewit. It has some startling (not breaking the scary line) Moments and has some sad scenari... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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