Parents' Guide to

High School Confidential

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Frank, groundbreaking docu about teens' trials.

TV WE Reality TV 2008
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The series is both groundbreaking and valuable because it compiles four years' worth of footage in a way that lets viewers see these young women transform before their very eyes. It also lets the girls tell their stories in their own words, from when they're eager, nervous freshman all the way through graduation. Because of this, they're able to talk about their high school journey as they're experiencing it, providing some thoughtful -- and at times heartbreaking -- insight about how they see themselves in a world that can be fun, confusing, and sometimes almost too painful to cope with.

Granted, some of the girls don't always make the best choices along the way. Consequently, the series includes some frank footage of underage drinking, drug use, iffy sexual behavior, and other self-destructive acts. But these scenes are shown as evidence of some of the major challenges that teen girls face in today's high school environment. More importantly, they demonstrate what girls can overcome and/or survive in order to build themselves up as strong, empowered women. The show's content may be too strong for very young viewers, but if parents watch it with their teens, it may help open a dialogue and give kids an opportunity to talk about their own challenges.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 10, 2008
  • Cast: Wendy K. Gray
  • Network: WE
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 18, 2022

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