Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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Magical comedy with good lessons for tweens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Promotes positive behavior, respect toward adults, and taking responsibility for one's actions. Anti-social behavior has negative consequences. Some stereotypes are presented, such as the snobby popular cheerleader.

Violence & scariness

Some limited mild slapstick violence, without negative results.

Sexy stuff

Simple kissing and boy/girl social dynamics. Later episodes contain some very light sexual innuendos about female body parts.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No product tie-ins or placements. Music featured in the show is compiled into a CD.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series presents witchcraft and wizardry as an everyday part of life. Also, Sabrina's behavior is sometimes sneaky when she tries to do things without others knowing about them. The problems Sabrina faces are rather innocent in nature, but as she gets older they become more mature, even though they're still highly sanitized. Adolescent kissing is present but not prevalent.

What's the story?

Based on a character from Archie Comics, the Sabrina series began airing in 1996 following the success of the same-named TV movie. Both movie and show star Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina, a teenage girl whose parents tell her on her 16th birthday that she's a half-witch, then send her to live with her magical aunts in Massachusetts to learn how to be a proper witch. The show centers on Sabrina's life with Aunt Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Aunt Zelda (Beth Broderick) as she learns to master spells in order to earn her witch's license from the Other Realm -- while keeping her magical talents hidden from her friends, teen rivals, and teachers. The series follows Sabrina as she graduates from Westbridge High and Adams College and enters the workforce as a journalist for a cutting-edge music magazine.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH reminds us that while magic can be helpful, life is about being mature enough to face the consequences of our actions, not waving a wand or reciting a spell. Over the years Sabrina not only learns how to perform spells, but also discovers that magic doesn't offer a "quick fix" for the problems she faces in daily life.

Sabrina's attempts to use magic to help resolve her troubles -- including trying to attend multiple parties at once or resolving squabbles with a high school rival -- usually land her in out-of-this-world situations that have rather negative consequences. With the help of her aunts and Salem, a former warlock turned black cat, each event provides a positive learning experience for Sabrina.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to resolve problems both in school and at a job, as well as the importance of accepting the consequences of your actions. What's the right way to approach a problem? What solutions are easy versus correct? Families can also discuss high school and college activities like dating and going to parties. What tricky situations do tweens think might arise in those situations? How would they handle them?

TV details

Networks:Syndicated, TeenNick
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written byChrisj8910 April 2, 2011

Perfect for 8-11 year olds

I thought this was a pretty good show when i was a kid, its not one where i look at now and think that i can't believe i watched this. The stuff in this is ok for the young kids, i don't think it was made for teenagers or young children, but around the 8-11 year olds. There was a couple of episodes in season 1 that i don't think was suitable for kids, a reference to being a virgin, and a brief scene to sex education, apart from that it was fine for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMultiSky October 3, 2010

Pretty Cool Sitcom

It was good till she reached college, because her roomates are selfish and rude in every episode, otherwise it isn't too bad. But I must say I like the cartoon better.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bycharlesb 1 September 24, 2014

great comedy!!

this a great family show it will keep you laughing for ages!
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Great messages
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