Lizzie McGuire

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

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 45 reviews

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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
Parent of an infant, 2, and 7-year-old Written byJanet P. August 9, 2017

Not Happy

No new episodes, but this show is still on doing reruns. Sweets is a little girl who is just seven years old. After watching 1 episode, she turned into a teenag... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byEllie D. July 14, 2018


Well I think the show is really good, but there a part in season 2 where lizzy gives the younger brother a very big wedgie, exposing his briefs, I thought “no b... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byElmoRock3113 April 9, 2008

Waste of Time!

This show is a waste of a half-hour. You could do something constructive with that time. The way I see it, this show gives girls the wrong message about life. P... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byreality_check411 April 9, 2008

Perfectly Fine...

Okay, I am a teenager and I used to LOVE Lizzie! She's sweet and funny, just trying to get through Jr. High. Anyone who says that her clothing and makeup... Continue reading

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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