Parents' Guide to


By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

L.A. teens are living the life -- and tackling big issues.

TV TeenNick Drama 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Pretty entertaining

This show is basically another "Degrassi" or "Pretty Little Liars" type of show. As long as your child is mature enough to know and understand what is going on, 11 is probably the best age. Maybe even 10. It contains some things that are a little risky, like one teen girl has had a baby. Things like underage drinking, sexual activity, sexuality, discrimination, and everything else you would find in an average teenage drama television program.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+
This show contains A LOT of cussing. I've seen my kid watching it, there's always someone saying "b astard", "b itch", "ass", "hell" or "damnit". It is rated TV-14 for LSVD. Of course there isn't all four in every episode. L - Show cusses a lot. S - Someone is always making out or having sex. V - Blood and fighting is definitely in the program. D - Some inappropriate dialogue. This show covers - sex, relationships, drama, scandals, sexual orientation, friendships, racism, secrets and it's kind of like Degrassi. It just depends in the episode, the LSDV varies.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Gigantic has the look and feel of 1990s-era Beverly Hills: 90210, which makes it slightly more palatable for today's parents who don't like the way the classic series' slick, next-generation remake, 90210, glamorizes iffy teen behavior. But for viewers, that comparison adds up to a slightly ridiculous yet strangely relatable teen soap that certainly won't win any awards for its writing. It's not a glowing review, for sure, but there are worse things kids could be watching.

In a classic case of art imitating life, two of the series' young stars are the real-life children of celebrities: Gummer's mom is Oscar winner Meryl Streep, while the girl who plays her nemesis, Gia Mantegna, is the daughter of actor Joe Mantegna. Both know for sure what it's really like to have famous parents, so you have to wonder whether they think this TeenNick series gets it right.

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