A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Overall, the show stresses the importance of strong families and communication between parents and their kids. The series also emphasizes the downsides of materialism, celebrity culture, and being famous.
Positive Role Models
The main characters usually make smart decisions and stay out of trouble, although their friends and the people they hang out with are a mixed bag. Secondary characters tend to serve as examples of what not to do.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss and talk about having sex, and some have had sex already. (One has a baby to prove it.) Characters use phrases like “verbal foreplay” and “do” (as in, “have sex with”). The main characters talk to their parents about protection when they think they might be ready to have sex.
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Use of words like “bitch” and “ass.”
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Products & Purchases
High-end brands are present within the context of characters’ everyday lives, and some are mentioned by name (including Prada and Lamborghini).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters occasionally drink alcohol; some secondary teen characters do, too. There aren’t always negative consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this teen-driven drama concerns a crop of privileged teens, most of whom are the children of celebrities. As a result, there's some high-end consumerism and name-dropping, although, in general, the show avoids glamorizing the glamorous life. Teen characters use words like "bitch," "ass," and "verbal foreplay," and a few secondary characters drink alcohol with no visible consequences. Some teens talk about contraception and sex, while others have already had it --- and one teen girl has had a baby.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.