So Little Time

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Olsen twins star in heartwarming, family-friendly sitcom.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Rebellious and unscrupulous behavior usually yields consequences, if not entirely realistic ones. In addition to dealing with the ups and downs of high school, dating, and classmate troubles, Riley and Chloe also cope with their parents' separation. Even so, there are heartwarming messages about family relationships. Some emotional themes, including loss and grief. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The fact that Riley and Chloe have polar-opposite personalities is central to the show's comedy, but despite their differences, they complement each other and typically conclude that they're better off together than they are apart. Their parents don't let their marital troubles influence their relationships with their girls, creating a loving, if less than cohesive, family unit. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Teens flirt, but physical contact is limited to kissing. Larry's unrequited crush on Riley is a recurring plot point. 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mention of beer and teen drinking, but it's not shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that So Little Time is a heartwarming sitcom that emphasizes positive family relationships. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star as twins who navigate common teen woes such as crushes, school pressure, and bad influences, all with varying degrees of success. Happily, there are some obvious consequences to their poor choices, giving parents a lot of teachable moments. The show touches on some serious themes such as marital problems (the girls' parents are separated) and death, but it never wallows in the negative. If you're looking for a squeaky-clean series that both you and your kids will enjoy watching, this one is worth your time. 

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What's the story?

SO LITTLE TIME stars the Olsen twins as Riley (Mary-Kate Olsen) and Chloe (Ashley Olsen) Carlson, sisters whose vastly different personalities only make them better friends. The show follows the ups and downs of the girls' experiences with high school, friendships, and boys, as well as the uncertainty of their separated parents' relationship. From falling in with the school's tough crowd to wrestling with feelings of jealousy over a classmate's crush, Riley and Chloe are quick to learn that even in the paradise of Malibu, life is far from perfect.

Is it any good?

The cheeky twin cuties who won over fans during their Full House days treat viewers to a double dose of their talent in this likable sitcom. It casts a fairly superficial impression of issues that are more hard-fought in the real world -- including bullying and rebellious behavior -- but that only broadens its appeal for families with younger kids, who also will appreciate the show's striking lack of any iffy content.

One issue So Little Time doesn't shy away from is marital separation. Macy (Clare Carey) and Jake's (Eric Lutes) precarious relationship inspires some jokes that might hit a nerve with some viewers (Jake joins a support group for divorcées and tries to sabotage Macy's date, for instance), but it's their unwavering devotion to their girls that really stands out and will leave an impression on kids who watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how society treats celebrities. Do they live by the same rules that regular people do? Are your expectations of them lower or higher than they are for others? Is that fair to either group?

  • Are the Olsen twins positive role models for kids? What about their behavior influences your impression of them? What would it be like to grow up in front of cameras? 

  • Why do everyday problems seem less serious when they're on TV? Is it fair to compare our lives with those of fictional characters like the Carlsons? How does what we see in the media affect how we feel about ourselves? 

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