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Parents' Guide to

Jack and Bobby

By Liz Perle, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Thoughtful but edgy examination of two brothers.

TV WB Drama 2004
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The show doesn't back away from controversial subjects but treats them seriously. For example, in the premiere episode, Bobby (the future president) steals his mother's pot in order to be better liked at school; his brother lies for him even though it means he is punished by the school as well. The mother is overbearing and flawed and has lied to her younger son about his father's true identity. In other hands, this could be handled melodramatically, but this initial episode treats the material with deftness.

Parents should keep an eye on the show because it can easily topple over into sensationalism and exploit this tense set-up. But this is one of those rare shows that should be watched and discussed with your high school-aged teens, because it brings up important issues of character and human flaws.

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