By Marjorie Kase,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Part thriller, part weepy drama.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main character does good deeds for others.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of suspense. Some ghosts (particularly in later episodes) can be scary, but overall the show is more sad than frightening.
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Fairly mild; mostly of the "damn," "hell," and "crap" variety, with a few uses of "bitch," "bastard," and the like.
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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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Feel Good meets Suspense/Mystery
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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?
- Premiere date: September 23, 2005
- Cast: Camryn Manheim, David Conrad, Jennifer Love Hewitt
- Networks: CBS, Syndicated
- Genre: Science Fiction
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: August 30, 2022
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