Half & Half

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Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Cute sitcom; meant for older teens.

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Positive Messages

The importance of family relationships is emphasized, and Dee Dee helps Mona learn that it's better to be honest than try to take the easy way out, but characters often address each other with rude, cutting comments.


Sexual innuendo is common (but fairly mild), as many of the characters are navigating the dating world.


Mild potty talk ("what the hell," "she screwed me").

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series includes some sexual innuendo (for example, when one character achieves a professional milestone, her male colleague asks, "What did you pull off to pull that off?") and tackles mature themes such as interracial dating and homosexuality.

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What's the story?

In HALF & HALF, a pair of twenty-something women living in San Francisco discover they have the same father and must navigate sisterhood for the first time. Dee Dee (Essence Atkins) is a sports agent who's a bit spoiled and searching for her identity. She's close to her overbearing mother, \"Big\" Dee Dee (Valarie Pettiford), but starting to look for a way to escape her shadow. Her older sister, Mona (Rachel True), is a rising music executive who's close to her own mother, Phyllis (Thelma Hopkins), who raised her to be self-sufficient. As the two sisters get used to life with each other, they struggle with different views on work, family, money, and men.

Is it any good?

Thanks to the show's witty dialogue, it's entertaining to watch the characters interact. But they're often rude to each other and occasionally fling pretty sarcastic, cutting comments at each other. There is some crude language to be aware of, and in one episode, when a white man flirts with Mona, he's accused of having "jungle fever." Still, the lesson learned is that it's family one can truly count on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships between siblings. Why is it important to respect your siblings? As teens grow up, how can they make sure their relationships with their family members stay intact?

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