Brandy strikes a chord as a typical teen.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teens get into trouble and have to deal with life lessons but ultimately do the right thing thanks to parental guidance and friends' support.


Some schoolyard fistfights.


The teens on the show explore their sexuality and deal wtih issues such as pregnancy and dating.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens experiment with alcohol (and lessons are learned).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that since the main character is a teenager experiencing typical adolescent growing pains, sensitive subjects such as teen pregnancy are explored. She has a somewhat antagonistic relationship with her stepmother and a group of friends that sometimes gets into trouble.

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What's the story?

In MOESHA, pop star Brandy Norwood plays Moesha, a teenage girl navigating her evolving relationships with family and friends. Set in Los Angeles, the program tells the story of a tight-knit family through the eyes of Moesha, or "Mo." Her world is turned upside-down when her widower father, Frank (William Allen Young), marries Dee (Sheryl Lee Ralph). Moesha's memories of her mother at first inhibit her ability to bond with Dee, so she relies on her group of friends -- irascible best friend Kim (Countess Vaughn), childhood friend and neighbor Hakeem (Lamont Bentley), and buddy Andell (Yvette Wilson) -- for companionship as she deals with her teenage years.

Is it any good?


Since Moesha explores a wide range of topics teens typically encounter in high school, older viewers will find much to like and relate to. The themes -- from experimenting with alcohol to infidelity and pre-marital sex -- are topical, and families could benefit from watching the show together and discussing what happens in each episode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how friendships evolve as teenagers grow up. Have you ever felt like you have to stay friends with someone because you've known each other forever? What's it like to experience peer pressure? How can you stick up for yourself without alienating your friends? When you have a problem with a friend or family member, what's the best way to handle it?

TV details

Cast:Brandy Norwood, Countess Vaughn, William Allen Young
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old August 25, 2010

Its not great but its ok

This show is actually funny i watch it sometimes but its not great.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages


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