Lizzie McGuire

 
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Tween sitcom gets laughs out of growing pains.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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."

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

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

TV details

Cast:Adam Lamberg, Hilary Duff
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 parents. Lizzie is bullied by a snooty but nice on the inside girl named Kate. The show will sometimes show that Lizzie will never be all the way pushed down by anybody, well she tries to! I think Lizzie Mcguire shows you a good way to deal with your life. She is a clumsy, sweet, funny girl who just wants to get through jr. high, she does have the help of her two best friends Gordo and Miranda!
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 Lizzie treats her parents- like idiots. Not a good influence at all. I see the intention- but know your child. Mine was too motivated to be just like Lizzie- YIKES
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 sometimes, but are never obnoxious about the humor. The siblings argue like all do, but help each other when needed. The girls in the show are VERY self-aware of what they are wearing, how they look, and all things dealing with appearance. They wear entirely too much make-up for thier age...and that isn't appropriate to encourage. What happened to natural beauty? Young girls are beautiful, some lip gloss & a highlighting blusher perhaps...but that's as far as it should go.But the family discusses their problems, sometimes once things have gone too far, and the kids don't always get off lightly. But for the most part...the parents are "dorky"--because they're their parents...but cool in a spot.

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