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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tween-friendly Canadian drama with horses, heartbreak.

TV UPtv Drama 2007
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age 12+

Based on 56 parent reviews

age 14+

Not the message you want to send to young adults

Found this series on PureFlix so I really wanted to like it but I became less impressed with each season. My biggest rub with the stories is that it trivializes our relationships. What sets Christianity apart from secular culture are the values that give human beings dignity above all other living creatures. In our relationships we are suppose to honor that dignity with our fellowship with friends and family. Not treat them as the objects of our affection. This show regularly puts kids in situations that are governed by impulses and attraction. The adults have no problem divorcing when they’re no longer happy or running away when they feel confused; abandoning their kids. Even equipped with the wisdom and experience to navigate these topics, I didn’t enjoy having to go through a bunch of mental gymnastics to find enjoyable aspects of the show. Now before you come for me, I understand that we live in a secular culture that makes these interactions seem relatable but it’s my preference to not have to tamp down my convictions for some cheap entertainment. Call me old fashioned. I’ll take Andy Griffith over this any day.
age 16+

Offensive language; spiritual issues

So much good in Heartland's handling of kids needing a place to heal and learn life skills. Just like horses. But it is so upsetting to hear G...D..... used at dinner table with a small child. Really?? Bad example. And no positive reference to God. Church. Faith. Come on...if you promote fortune telling, why not a balanced approach to God.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (56 ):
Kids say (93 ):

Heartland, which is the longest-running one hour scripted series in Canadian history, offers a family-friendly soap opera that combines romance, teen angst, heartbreak, and family drama, which is all somehow connected to the horses Amy is healing. Adding to the show's narratives are folks like Amy's high school nemesis Ashley Stanton (Cindy Busby), Amy and Lou's father Tim (played by Chris Potter) and later, the sisters' adopted niece Georgie (Alisha Newton).

As Amy gets older she finds herself embarking on new journeys and entering into new relationships. Her family also continues to change. But like most Canadian series, violent and sexual moments are rather sanitized in comparison to many American shows. But what makes it a winner is its commitment to its major themes, which include family, courage, and the importance of having a home.

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