Parents' Guide to

Jane the Virgin

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky telenovela-style dramedy gets steamy.

TV CW Drama 2014
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 18+

Begins sweet, then becomes extremely sexual

(Please read to the end.) The first couple seasons of this show is sweet, dramatic, and diverse. Jane is raised by her Catholic grandmother to understand that she and her virginity are special and valuable. This actually leaves the viewer with a rarely found moralistic message that is not often found in modern mainstream media. Though Jane's mother has drastically lower moral standards, she also experiences the consequences of those. Not to mentioned the entire premise is incredibly wholesome in Jane's decision to keep the baby, despite the challenges it will add to her life. However, mid-way through the third season, the viewer will start noticing common themes of casual sex, lack of consequences, and a painfully blatant pro-abortion stance. Leading up to Chapter Sixty-Two, Jane's mom is PUSHING and PUSHING Jane to have casual sex with a guy she has known for a week, despite this not being what he wants. I found this absolutely appalling that a mother would relentlessly sexualize her daughter like this. Not to mention, the show tries to leave the viewer with the conclusion that valuing one's virginity until marriage is harmful. I am not Catholic myself, but I do believe that a woman should value her body and who she shares it with. Of course TV programs have the right to make any type of content. But the messages portrayed become EXTREMELY provocative and completely inappropriate for children.
age 18+

Horrible Show for kids!

This show SUCKS! I watched this with my 13 year old niece and 10 year old son. I have seen GREAT reviews on this show, and seemed family friendly enough, besides the fact that the title is "Jane the Virgin". I decided it was time to watch a show that isn't inappropriate, like Cobra Kai and The Summer I Turned Pretty. (DO NOT WATCH THESE SHOWS UNDER 18! RATED M+) I watched the first few episodes and it was already sexual. The title of the show is very misleading, because oh mylanta, how is she pregnant if she is a virgin? Very misleading, wish I could put 0 stars. (I wrote a review on Yelp! as well, because I cannot stand this blasphemy! I am suing, my aunt's sister is a lawyer. )

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (244 ):

If you think JANE THE VIRGIN sounds like the stuff of a titillating soap opera, then its creators have done their job well. The somewhat far-fetched premise is partially based on -- and arguably intended to poke a little fun at -- the Latin American telenovela, which makes it an unusual find on mainstream American TV. With plot twists and complicated character relationships (some in the open, and some hiding in the shadows), plus plenty of deceit and manipulation, this often-heartwarming dramedy is an intriguing find in primetime TV dominated by crime shows and reality contests.

That said, there's a lot to consider in gauging whether or not it's right for your teens. The content is laden with sexual themes even if there is a relative lack of visible skin. There's the accidental pregnancy, of course, and all the ethical issues that raises, as well as extramarital affairs among both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Then there's Jane's lifelong virginity, which is cast in a mostly positive light as far as values go but still causes issues in her relationship with her boyfriend, sending somewhat mixed messages to impressionable teens. Ultimately, though, Jane herself stands out as a beacon of goodness and morality in spite of what goes on around her. The bottom line? If your teens are ready for the implications of these mature themes, then this offbeat series will be a fun one for you to watch together.

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