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Long Island Medium

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Suburban psychic balances family and spirits in mild show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series validates the idea that people can communicate with the dead. It also underscores the importance of using one's gifts to help people.
 

Positive role models

Caputo is a religious person and attributes her gift to God. She uses her talent to bring peace and/or comfort to those who are trying to cope with the death of a loved one. Her family is supportive of her gift, but sometimes are embarrassed by her desire to pass on messages to random people.

Violence

Contains occasional references to being shot in the head and other violent ways of dying. Mild arguments occasionally break out between Theresa and her family.

Sex

Brief references to intimacy, but without a lot of details about it.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Apple computers visible. Occasionally random food brands are visible in grocery stories and in other public areas. Local Long Island restaurants, grocery stores, and other establishments are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References are made to dying from smoking-related illnesses. Wine drinking occasionally visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series features a psychic medium who claims to speak to the dead. The show includes occasional references to violent deaths, as well as very brief and subtle mentions of sexual intimacy. Apple computers are prominently visible. The overall series is pretty mild, but it may be disturbing to viewers who are uncomfortable with the idea of death and psychic ability.

What's the story?

LONG ISLAND MEDIUM is a reality series that features psychic Theresa Caputo, a Long Island suburban wife and mother divides her time between her family and the spirits who allegedly use her to channel messages to loved ones. From meeting with individual clients to doing readings at medium-themed parties, Caputo validates that their loved ones are still with them, and that they are safe and at peace on the other side. But much to the occasional dismay of her husband, Larry, and her teenage kids, Victoria and Lawrence, she has a hard time tuning out the messages and conveys them to friends, family, and perfect strangers at any given time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The likable Caputo views her abilities as a God-given gift that should be used to help people. As such, much of the show focuses on her readings, as well as the positive reactions of her clients and friends.

It's pretty mild, and folks who like this sort of thing will find the quirky normalcy of this family to be entertaining. The voyeuristic nature of the personal readings will only add to this. Skeptics will surely reject what is being shown here, but it's still full of positive messages about family, love, and acceptance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about mediums. What exactly is a psychic medium? Why do people go to them? Do you think people who claim they are psychics really talk to the dead, or are they just pretending? How does has the media portrayed people with psychic abilities over the years?

  • Why do you think the people on this show decided to go on TV? What do they gain? Are there any drawbacks to being on television?

TV details

Premiere date:September 25, 2011
Cast:Larry Caputo, Theresa Caputo, Victoria Caputo
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byarandomperson August 16, 2013

Not for Christians

No christian families should ever see this show. She is a medium, and according to the Christian Bible, mediums shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Teen, 14 years old Written byNASCAR101 May 13, 2013

funny, but inappropriate

the title pretty much says it all
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter March 26, 2014

Theresa Caputo is awesome

Hilarious, moving, sweet, and sad are the words that describe this show...
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models