A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Bullying comes in many forms, and it is never okay. Coping with death, peer pressure, and relationships are also key themes.
Positive Role Models
The guidance counselors are compassionate, each in her own way. Some teens are nice, and some aren’t.
Violence & Scariness
Bullying is a central theme. Shootings, hit and runs, and assaults aren’t shown on camera, but result in visible blood and fatal wounds. A gun is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong innuendo, including teens making out in partial stages of undress and references to having sex.
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Words like "slut," "hell," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Brief references to social media platforms like Instagram.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking and drunken behavior is sometimes visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guidance is a teen series about a school guidance counselor and her students. It features stories centering around bullying and other conflicts high school kids face every day. It contains some rough language ("slut," "hell," "damn"), there's some strong innuendo, and underage drinking is sometimes visible. School shootings, beatings, and hit and runs are alluded to, and sometimes bloody wounds are visible. It also offers important messages about negative behaviors, and has some teachable moments that teens may respond to.
Is It Any Good?
The compelling drama, which is produced by Michelle Trachtenberg, features original stories that involve bullying behavior of some kind. Each of its three seasons generates a different storyline, and stars a completely different cast, including folks like Erica Dasher and Monique Coleman. But they all pointedly highlight how damaging bullying is, and the far-reaching consequences it has on others.
The content gets a little edgier with each season. However, it is the timeliness of the narratives, which involve cyberbullying, school shootings, and peer shaming (among other things), that makes Guidance interesting and relevant. If you're looking for a smart series that entertains and addresses important topics, this one is worth checking out.
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