Good Luck Charlie

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Well-rounded Disney sitcom offers wholesome fun to families.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 87 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 326 reviews

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Educational Value

The show is meant as entertainment, not education, though families will see the benefits of working as a team to overcome challenges.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some mild teen flirting and attempts to steal kisses behind parents’ backs. Girls refer to guys as “hot.”

Language

Occasional use of “butt.”

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 2, 7, 10, and 12 year old Written by4GoodReasons May 27, 2010

My daughter doesn't need a boy crazy teenager as her role model.

Really! I am SHOCKED that this show is rated for 7+ and I implore the original reviewers to watch again. While this could be a GREAT show, I am so frustrated... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 year old Written bykee10 August 14, 2010

terrible show for kids of any age

Most episodes show the kids lying with no consequence and they are very disrespectful to their parents as well as other adults. The parents set terrible example... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicprincess101 January 17, 2011

Many inappropriate "jokes" that are bound to generate questions

It's a cute show (I'm 13, btw) but definitely not appropriate for younger kids (e.g. eight and younger). I suppose mature kids could watch it. It... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE April 25, 2010

A much-needed change of pace from the other Disney shows!

I actually quite like the show Good Luck Charlie! It's a break from the shows on both Disney and Nickelodeon currently, most of which entail some sort of e... Continue reading

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?

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