A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family, healing, relationships, love, and the importance of home are all themes. Death, abuse, and divorce are also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Amy and her family are close. Some of her peers are troubled.
Violence & Scariness
A parent dies. Car accidents, scarred horses, and thrown punches. Little blood or injuries shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and innuendo, but nothing too sexual.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult and underage drinking (beer) and cigarette smoking visible; the behavior isn't viewed as positive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heartland is a family-friendly Canadian soap opera that centers on the life of a young horsewoman and her family. The show's focus is on family and hard work, but there are also story lines about things like death, abuse, and divorce. There's some romance, but nothing really sexual. Rough moments (car accidents, punching) are rarely bloody. Teen drinking and smoking is sometimes visible. It's not meant for young kids, but most older tweens will be able to handle it.
Is It Any Good?
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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