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Life with Derek

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Modern day Brady Bunch from the teen perspective.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Older siblings take care of the younger ones.


Teen girls wear skimpy clothes and boys discuss the female anatomy.


Questionable dialogue including phrases such as "booty cam."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know boys talk about the female anatomy. Both girls and boys develop and talk about crushes on each other. This is normal adolescent behavior but you may want to consider if your tween is ready for this kind of thing before they tune in.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMythWeaver April 9, 2008

Cute, but there are BIG problems...

My son loves this show- on the surface it seems a funny take on the modern step-family, and the power struggle between the two oldest step-siblings. Parents sh... Continue reading
Adult Written byyll April 9, 2008

Brady Bunch Gets Real

It deals with issues in a step-family from as realistic a perspective as a Disney sitcom can. Those issues mostly center around life with a step-sibling and si... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 11, 2010

Realistic and Funny Family Show

This was a very fun family friendly show (and its in Canada!) Casey can be a bit controlling, but the point is she's trying to overcome that, especially wh... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMariodude23 May 11, 2010

Two stars?

First, let me address commonsense's two stars. This show is better than anything else on the Disney channel and you give it two stars? This show has many m... Continue reading

What's the story?

A newly married couple moves in together with children from previous marriage. Sound familiar? This time around the show focuses on the power struggle of the two oldest siblings, Casey (Ashley Leggat) and Derek (Michael Seater). Both 15 years old, these teens are accustomed to being the top dogs in their households and controlling their younger sibs. But who's the alpha between the two of them? Each episode plays on this struggle whether it's in the home, school, or community.

Is it any good?

Sibling issues are bound to touch a nerve with tween and teen viewers who experience sibling wars in their own households. Casey is smart, idealistic, and a budding feminist who demands to be treated equally. Derek gets under her skin with his posters of girls in bathing suits on his bedroom walls, love of video games like "Babe Raider," and sugary sweet patronizing manner with girls.

LIFE WITH DEREK is a show that kids will relate to and find funny. But be prepared for them observing teen behavior including talk about attractions to the anatomy of the opposite sex and girls wearing skimpy outfits to impress boys. Bottom line: This is mostly fine, but you may want to preview before you share with your kids under age 10.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges of the blended family. How common is this type of family and do the members of this one act in a realistic way? Parents and kids could also talk about birth order and how that affects family relationships.

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