Good Luck Charlie
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Well-rounded Disney sitcom offers wholesome fun to families.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is meant as entertainment, not education, though families will see the benefits of working as a team to overcome challenges.
The show celebrates a family’s resilience when faced with unexpected new challenges, reminding viewers that although life is rarely perfect, the chaos is manageable (and sometimes even amusing) when you’ve got people around you can count on. It does often poke fun at Gabe’s distress over becoming a seemingly overlooked middle child.
Positive Role Models
Amy and Bob try hard to fulfill the diverse needs of all four of their kids and still maintain a relationship of their own. They call on their kids -- especially the oldest two -- to pitch in and help for the family’s sake, and Teddy and PJ are usually up to the challenge. All family members (regardless of gender) share in the duties of keeping house and childrearing.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild teen flirting and attempts to steal kisses behind parents’ backs. Girls refer to guys as “hot.”
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Occasional use of “butt.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Luck Charlie is a lighthearted sitcom about a family coping with the challenges that accompany a new (and unexpected) baby. The show draws humor from standard family fare like older siblings' lukewarm responses to a new baby, and parents' difficulties managing the needs of a large family. Apart from some very mild flirting (two of the characters are teens, after all), there's nothing iffy in this funny spin on modern family life.
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Good Luck Charlie
Based on 95 parent reviews
Started out good, ended up not as good
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Not our favorite, but no too bad.
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What's the Story?
GOOD LUCK CHARLIE centers on the Duncans, an all-American family of five whose comfortable routine is upset with the unexpected arrival of baby Charlotte (aka "Charlie," Mia Talerico). With mom Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker) headed back to work and dad Bob (Eric Allan Kramer) busy with his pest-control business, it's up to teenage Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and PJ (Jason Dolley) to pitch in caring for their little sister, all the while maintaining their own busy social lives. Both are fairly good sports about it, but 10-year-old Gabe (Bradley Steven Perry) isn't so understanding, seeing as Charlie's the reason he's been relegated to the dreaded status of a middle child.
Is It Any Good?
A successful sitcom is one that resonates with viewers' own experiences, and family-centered shows like this one face the challenge of appealing to a diverse array of family dynamics. When it comes to the modern American household, one size definitely does not fit all, and honing in on this viewer niche can be tricky in today's society.
Fortunately, though, Good Luck Charlie's content is well rounded enough that there's something for everyone to enjoy (though viewers expecting any edginess will be disappointed). Whether it's a seasoned mom's uncertainties over returning to the work force or a tween's reaction to being overshadowed by a new sibling, every member of the family will find something to relate to -- and get a laugh out of the show's take on the ups and downs of family life.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about coping with change. Kids: How do you respond to big changes in your life like the ones in Good Luck Charlie? Do you find the prospect of change exciting or frightening? To whom do you turn for help when you face a new challenge?
Kids: What are your responsibilities within your family? Why are those tasks important? What are the repercussions of not fulfilling your responsibilities? How have your responsibilities changed as you've gotten older?
How does the media portray family life? Do you think shows like this reflect typical American families? Why or why not? How has our definition of family changed throughout history? What role does the media play in people's acceptance of these changes?
- Premiere date: April 4, 2010
- Cast: Bridgit Mendler, Eric Allan Kramer, Leigh-Allyn Baker
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Book Characters, High School
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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