Good Witch

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than educate, but there are strong messages about relationships, compassion, forgiveness, and communication. 

Positive Messages

All people have value and potential, and, given some positive guidance, they can realize it. Looking at an issue from a different point of view can make a big difference and improve understanding between two people. Effective communication and empathy are vital to good relationships, and family is a source of strength. Family members cope with the recent loss of a loved one. Making bad choices yields consequences, but there's always an opportunity to right your wrong and to forgive someone who's hurt you. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cassie always sees the best in people, even when they don't recognize it themselves, and she takes joy in helping her friends and neighbors. Grace has inherited her mother's empathy and helps her peers in similar ways because of it. Strong role models have a positive impact on those who need direction.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Flirtation and some adult attraction, but nothing physical. 

Language
Consumerism

The series follows seven made-for-TV movies centered on the same main character. Apple computers are visible in many scenes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Good Witch is a drama series inspired by Hallmark Channel's much-loved character from the Good Witch franchise, which numbers seven movies. As with its predecessors, the show's content is suitable for viewers of nearly any age and has wonderful messages about compassion, empathy, understanding, and responsibility. Family bonds and relationships both new and old are sources of strength and joy. A teen's rebellion causes stress for those around him, but he learns valuable lessons in the process. Family members cope with the recent loss of a loved one, which might raise some questions or concern from young kids. Adult women flirt shamelessly with a handsome newcomer to town. Ultimately, though, this is a wholesome drama with wholesome messages worthy of the entire family's attention. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAshley S. May 18, 2020

Fellow Christians beware - seems sweet but has become overtly occultish

After following this show for several years, it is with this new season (#6) that I must make the sad decision to cease watching. This is really disappointing t... Continue reading
Adult Written byVickie W. May 17, 2018

No people of color. Great show. Not realistic for America

No realistic for America. But very good content for kids.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKaitiKat August 25, 2017

AMAZING SHOW!

I absolutely LOVE this show! Probably one of the best I've ever watched! However there are a few things you need to look out for. {SEX} There are quite a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bykaty912 August 12, 2020

Love this show!

I think that this show is amazing! I think that this show is geared towards older audiences, not in the sense that it isn't appropriate but in the sense th... Continue reading

What's the story?

GOOD WITCH continues the story of the enchanting Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell), Middleton's most intuitive and empathetic resident. Living at Grey House with her now-teenage daughter, Grace (Bailee Madison), and her father-in-law, George (Peter MacNeill), Cassie welcomes new neighbors Dr. Sam Radford (James Denton) and his son, Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond). As the two attempt to adjust to small-town dynamics after living in New York City, Sam takes a skeptical view of Cassie's holistic approach to helping the people in her town, while troubled Nick butts heads with well-meaning Grace. As their lives take unexpected turns, Cassie's now-grown stepkids, Brandon and Lori, find themselves drawn back to their hometown as well. 

Is it any good?

This Hallmark original series follows seven TV movies about charming, enigmatic Cassie and her family. A few things have changed since last we met her, most notably that her husband, Jake, has passed away, leaving an opening for new romance in this series. A new cast of supporting characters joins the show, including the captivating Bailee Madison, who's the perfect protégé for Bell's beloved and long-running character. But old favorites such as kindly George and overbearing Martha Tinsdale (Catherine Disher) are back as well to neatly bridge the gap between the movies and this series.

Everything you've come to like and expect from charming Cassie is here in force, namely quality, family-friendly content, stellar role models, and examples of making responsible choices. With the addition of 14-year-old Bailee, there's even more opportunity for those excellent messages to be delivered in ways that resonate with kids as well, as she deals with troublesome peers and other pressures. And if you're coming to this Good Witch without the background of the movies, there's no need to worry about getting up to speed on the characters or the story; the show works just as well as a stand-alone tale. So if you're looking for a hearty drama series the whole family can enjoy together, then Good Witch is well worth your time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cassie's character in Good Witch. What makes her a good role model? Is she a believable character, or do you find her goodness and charm contrived? What do you make of her unique brand of "magic"?

  • What kinds of messages do we get from the media about family relationships? Compared to other shows you've seen, are these characters' interactions more or less on par with what you experience in your family? Why is effective communication such an important component of strong relationships?  

  • What do you think is the appeal of the Good Witch stories? Do their messages differ from what you notice in other drama series and movies? Can you learn as much from a negative character type as you can from a strong role model? Why, or why not?  

  • How do the characters in Good Witch demonstrate communication and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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