Monica the Medium

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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College psychic talks to spirits on mild show.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Death, spirits, channeling major themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Monica wants to help people with her gift.

Violence

Violent deaths discussed.

Sex

Lots of dating, boyfriend talk; some mild innuendo.

Language
Consumerism

Serves as a promotional vehicle for Monica's services.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People drink, but beverages aren't visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monica the Medium features a college-age psychic who claims to speak to the dead. There are references to violent deaths, lots of discussions about dating, some mild innuendo, and some non-obvious drinking. Divorce is discussed. It's pretty mild viewing, but people who are uncomfortable with conversations about death or psychic ability may find it disturbing.

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What's the story?

MONICA THE MEDIUM stars Monica Ten-Kate, a Pennsylvania State University student who just happens to be a practicing medium. The 21-year-old junior wants to enjoy her life studying, finding young men to date, and figuring out what she wants to do after graduation. But being a medium often interferes with her desire to be a regular college student, especially when she finds herself conducting readings with unsuspecting people around her. Although Monica's sisters and her roommates, including Krista and Ann, support her, new roommate Julie is still unsure about Monica's skill. It doesn't help that her parents also don't really understand what she's doing. But if there's one thing Monica is sure of, it's that her ability to connect people with their loved ones who've passed on can potentially bring peace to their lives.

Is it any good?

The entertainingly voyeuristic series combines the drama from emotional reads with the ups-and-downs that come with college life. But the show takes this one step further and uses eerie music and special effects to overemphasize the moments Monica is communicating with people from the beyond.  

Thanks to the exaggerated moments, sometimes it's a little cheesy. But Monica is extremely likable, and her desire to help people adds a bit of charm to the show. As a result, even if you don't believe in this sort of thing, you may find it appealing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about psychic mediums. Do you think they can really talk to the dead, or are they just pretending? Why do people go to them? 

  • How has the media portrayed people with psychic abilities over the years? Does Monica seem different from other psychics featured on TV? Why?

TV details

For kids who love spooky reality

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