Lincoln Heights

Common Sense Media says

Message-heavy drama about life in the 'hood.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a very message-heavy show about helping communities improve, being honest and upstanding, finding positive solutions to problems, learning the importance of family, etc. The main characters are African American; good and bad characters are of all races. Lots of gang- and drug-related issues; some discussion of race relations and social problems.

Violence

Urban violence, including a teen getting shot by a semi-automatic weapon in a drive-by, a teen lying on the street after being stabbed, and a teen being shot by police officer (some blood).

Sex

Teenage dating, with some physical contact. Teenage girls compete for male attention. An adult married couple is shown in bed together with mild sexual innuendo.

Language

"Bitch," "hell," "damn," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some brief scenes with drug addicts (raiding a crack house); some discussion of drug-related crime. Some bad guys smoke, though it's rarely seen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama focuses on a wholesome family with strong positive values living in a dangerous neighborhood. Scenes include drive-by shootings, the aftermath of stabbings, tense stand-offs between police and criminals, and intense arguing between a husband and wife in front of their children. Some discussion of drug dealing and gangs, as well as brief scenes depicting drug users. Some discussion of race relations and social problems. The teenage girl character gets romantically involved with a guy in school. The middle school-aged boy gets bullied, but with his mother's help, finds a clever solution to his predicament.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A working-class family of five gives a different kind of life a try when Los Angeles police officer Eddie Sutton (Russell Hornsby) convinces his wife, Jenn (Nicki Micheaux), to give up their tiny apartment for a chance at home ownership in a more dangerous part of town. Eddie and Jenn, a nurse, initially find their neighbors unwelcoming and the presence of gangs inhospitable. The kids -- high schooler Cassie (Erica Hubbard), athletic middle kid Lizzie (Rhyon Brown), and good-natured Tay (Mishon Ratcliff) -- all struggle in their new school, facing the challenges of making new friends, proving themselves to adults, and escaping bullies. But despite the big and small hurdles the family faces, they all find a way to overcome their initial difficulties. With immense optimism and some twinkles of hope for the future of the neighborhood, the Suttons persevere.

Is it any good?

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS tells a simplified but heartfelt tale about living in a gang- and drug-filled neighborhood where drama is everywhere and danger constantly lurks. Both adults and kids will find characters to relate to, especially teens interested in Cassie's possible romance with a handsome, mysterious new kid. But the violence, especially for such an otherwise wholesome show, is intense. In one scene, a teen is gunned down in a drive-by shooting as Eddie and his partner pursue him. Another scene shows a teen lying on the ground bleeding after being stabbed. The message is clear: The neighborhood is dangerous, and it will take the bravery and commitment of people like the Suttons to change things for the better.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own neighborhood. What's good about where you live? What's not so good? How could you and your other family members make your neighborhood better? Why are certain neighborhoods considered "better" than others? Do you think the show's take on what a "bad" neighborhood is reflects reality? How do violence, race, and crime interconnect on the show? In real life?

TV details

Cast:Erica Hubbard, Nicki Micheaux, Russell Hornsby
Network:ABC Family
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bymag4god April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Kid, 11 years old December 20, 2009
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aWSOME PERFECT FOR AGES 6 AND UP

BEST SHOW EVER I LOVE IT VERY AGE APROPRIAT A GOOD SHOW FOR TWEENS KIDS AND TEENS. i CRIED WHEN JONNY NIGHTENGALE DIED CHEARED WHEN THEY SAID THE SEASON WAS COMING BACK AND LOVE THIS YEARS SEASON FINALY IF YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO SEE A SHOW WITH A GREAT MESSAGE THIS IS THE SHOW FOR THEM
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byljsmom April 9, 2008
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Very interesting!

I watch this show alot of my 14 year old son and we both think it's a great show!I feel it's a true portrayal of what real people go thru. I would recommend it to all to watch.

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