Red Band Society

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Likable teens tackle tough circumstances in moving dramedy.

Fox Drama 2014

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 10+

Heart-wrenching but genuinely beautiful.

This show is one of the best teen dramas I've ever scene. It doesn't make the teens out as perfect angels; they make mistakes, some quite severe, but it's portrayal is believable which is refreshing. The premise is quite intense, with all the kids having life-threatening illnesses. As a disabled person myself I can respect the realism they approached this with, and the acting was incredible. Subtle scenes showing the kids handling chronic pain, depression, and the extreme trauma of their conditions realistically, and not always positively, where the highlight for me. The show handled sex and general teen rebellion well, and realistically, especially given the extreme situations the characters are in. I believe this show has one of the most compassionate messages of almost any show I know. Despite their struggles, these terminally ill children are constantly putting each others feelings first, showing genuine care and love in a way that is truly uplifting and beautiful. So long children watching this show are able to understand that the bad things characters do; mistakes, drugs, bursts of anger, etc. are due to the struggles with illness, and learn to sympathise with the illness rather than emulate the behaviour, (which is never glorified but also not preachy), they'll get a lot out of this. This show will teach kids compassion, understanding, sympathy, and give them a sense of perspective as otherwise healthy kids watching will learn to empathise with people with truly life changing illness; while disabled children watching will find this speaks to them personally and will likely feel very emotional just knowing someone understands their pain. I personally found myself in tears at some of the more powerful scenes when watching it alone, and would recommend this show to any parent who wants something that'll make their kids thing, feel, and empathise without feeling preached to.

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age 12+

Awesome show!!!

My daughters (ages 17 and 14) birth love this show! It gives a realistic image if what teenagers are really like and Hw high schOol is. The characters hook up sometimes and there IS some strong language and one of the characters NEEDS TO PUT SOME CLOTHES ON, INCLUDING A BRA!!! Other then that it is a very compelling dreamed with many interesting plot twists!!! A+ rating :)

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