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Lizzie McGuire

TV review by
Ellie Gettinger, Common Sense Media
Lizzie McGuire TV Poster Image
Tween sitcom gets laughs out of growing pains.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Gordo's Jewish background and Miranda's Mexican heritage are occasionally mentioned.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The girls are very image-conscious, but no brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lizzie and her friends are constantly grappling with notions of social acceptance and what it takes to be a "cool kid."

User Reviews

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

Lizzie is Bad Influence

We let our 8 year old watch this show and no more than 2 weeks later we had a mini Lizzie in our home. She began talking like her and treating us the way Lizzi... Continue reading
Adult Written byMom2c_ang April 9, 2008

Girls LOVE Lizzie!!

All girls LOVE Lizzie...she goes through all the highs and lows and pre-teen angst they do...and she's funny. The show's characters really ham it up... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byladybug! April 9, 2008

Okay show, relates to our life.

Lizzie Mcguire is about a fourteen year old girl going through jr. high. You know, the snooty girls, the big tests, the dances (with dates) and the embarrising... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMaddie L. June 25, 2014

Love it!

Lizzie McGuire is an awesome show, and it's obviously appropriate for all ages, since it was on Disney. I love it.

What's the story?

The action in LIZZIE MCGUIRE follows the title character and her two best friends, Gordo and Miranda, as they navigate the treacherous territory of junior high. The three are pretty supportive of one another and help one another out of silly and (emotionally) painful scenarios. Despite disagreements, they always end up coming to the aid of their friends. Added to the ensemble are the usual suspects for a live-action kids' show. Lizzie's parents provide perspective as episodes come to a close, but much of their energy is focused on Lizzie's bratty younger brother Matt.

Is it any good?

The Lizzie McGuire depiction of friendship is fairly realistic and very positive. Within the narrative of the show and through a plot device that allows viewers to hear what Lizzie is thinking, the audience gets a good picture of what it means to grow up for both boys and girls.

While the Disney Channel shows no signs of taking Lizzie McGuire off the air, the show is coming to an end after star Hilary Duff refused Disney's offer. The fifteen-year-old star will not be growing up with the show, which may disappoint many tweens. As the show still airs at least seven times a week, your kid will know Lizzie age 12 to 14 very well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how tweens should deal with peer pressure and what they think about the eternal search for popularity.

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