A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show aims to entertain rather than to educate, but every story has some feel-good messages about family relationships.
The series deals lightly with realistically tricky issues like sibling relationships and self-image among teens. Happily each twin seems comfortable with the person she is, despite the differences between them and the fact that Liv is a TV starlet. Family is sometimes a source of frustration, but most often it's shown to be a place of comfort and unconditional love.
Positive Role Models
Pete and Karen have different parenting styles, but they blend them in a quirky way that works for their family. The kids aren't perfect, and their mishaps don't always cause the fallout they might in the real world, but they do learn some lessons about treating others fairly and acting responsibly.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Parents kiss, and there's some flirting between teens, but it's all very innocent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Liv and Maddie is a family friendly series that puts a comical spin on issues like sibling rivalry and life in a busy family. At center are twin sisters with opposing personalities, and their relationship is marked by moments of tension followed by displays of kind affection. Ultimately the message kids get from this content is that individuality shouldn't spell disaster for relationships among family or friends. As is true of most tween-targeted comedies, the show glosses over a lot, especially when it comes to teen issues, but that's what makes it a worry-free pick for kids.
Is It Any Good?
You can't expect a lot of depth from a tween sitcom set up for escapades of the identical twin nature and garden-variety teen girl drama. Factor in a couple of mischievous younger brothers who steal scenes with their comical scheming, and the constant story interruption of confessional-style asides with characters, and there's little time for really meaningful content.
That's not to say that your kids won't enjoy a visit to the Rooney home, and what they'll see and hear there won't strike a nerve with you since it's classically purified Disney fare. This is a place where mostly trivial problems play second fiddle to the funny stuff that's always going on, and solutions are easy to come by, but the characters do acknowledge the issues that arise and solve them. Sure, it oversimplifies a lot, but it also doesn't raise any issues that aren't age-appropriate for your kids.
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