Jessie

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Jessie Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 7+

Funny, family oriented series has some stereotyping.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 125 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 434 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Something we don't have to view from a 'woke' perspective for once!

It's funny. Hand's down. You'll laugh. The actors are great and have solid timing. The cast is great! Debbie Ryan is probably the weakest link of them all, but she has some good moments. There is a strong morale vibe running through the series and the kids are always doing the 'right thing' by the end. This is for the 7-10 year old who is moving past cartoons and into the live audience or laugh track type comedy. It's funny, stays away from woke America and has a positive message about adoption. My 9 year old loves it and I even laugh at the delivery of the lines by the kids. It doesn't add to any positive role models or overt life lessons, but you should be filling your child's viewing with other programming that can support that. It's just entertaining! It is filled with a colorful cast and guest stars of all walks of life and skin colors which is awesome! There's nothing wrong with this! And no, Ravi (Karan Brar) isn't a Stereotype. American born, his parents are of Indian Ancestry and he does an awesome job filling that role, so good in fact you'd think the accent was real! He does it justice and has every right to it! Give it a chance!
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Derogatory and Insulting

There is a ton of garbage to unpack in this stereotype ladened series. This is a poor sitcom with few redeemable qualities. Every season tries to course correct stereotype jokes, bullying jokes, intelligence jokes and irresponsible humor. The show never gets above the wealth humor which is utterly ridiculous and the source of this shows greatest irresponsibility and cruelest lesson - the wealthy are seen as being able to do whatever and act however they want. Having watched this show with my daughter who only sees the basic physical humor as funny, the whole of Jessie really bases itself around a common person’s view of the wealthy, particularly children of wealthy parents - the Ross parents have been established as flighty and irresponsible who leave ALL of the parenting duties to nannies of which Jessie is the last of the line. The children, three of whom are adopted, have been trained to believe wealth = right and Jessie does little to deter that, choosing to exploit it or insult it on occasion. Overall, the children are depicted as being very uneducated, lazy and conniving - a clear attempt to throwback to some 80s sitcom humor but missing a key element of it: morality and ethics - the kids never actually feel bad or learn any real lessons. I see all this as a writing problem: the show attempts to compete with Nickelodeon’s series of numbskullery (iCarly, Sam and Kat as well as Victorious) - which hope to capture the spirit of the 80s sitcom but lack the maturity of undertones that drove those shows. Jessie tried to slam Mr Belvedere, Who’s the Boss and Different Strokes into its format and show it on a Disney labeled channel resulting in confusion - It isn’t as thoughtful as other Disney labeled shows It isn’t adult enough in its slick humor It’s very sexual for its channel designation And it is contradictory to a company that edits out Dumbo and Songs of the South from its playlists but takes direct jabs to Ravi’s culture in the first 3 seasons of this show. If Jessie were on Hulu, CW, Paramount or Fox - especially Fox - I think it would be okay, brain dead, redundant humor that is a flawed attempt to capture the sitcom of yesteryear but because it is Disney, you expect more and certainly don’t expect all you get on this program. Bunkd shows a maturity in writing as it gets further from the humor and questionable antics that its source material in Jessie produced Conclusion: there are few redeemable moments in this series and this show despite some reviewers here and the show’s star may imply, is not for everyone.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a sister and brother holding hands
    Brothers and Sisters
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate