The Carrie Diaries

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
The Carrie Diaries Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 13+

Sex and the City prequel is edgy but has merit for teens.

CW Drama 2013

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 24 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Too Much Sexual Content for those under 18

I think the show seems well put together and can draw you in easily. With that being said, the problem is you would want your kids watching it for that exact same reason. The influence would not be as positive as some say because the show seems to glorify having sex before marriage, while in High School, like it's comparable to scoring points on a video game or something. Here's a quote from the show... George: "But I don't see why the virgin thing has to be a big deal. Your virginity is just something you get out of the way so you can start having fun." Not something you want your kids believing... smh

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

Highly innapropriate

The show starts by depicting virginity as a thing to "check off". The clothes wore do not meet real life school dress code. One of her friends is basically raped by an older guy (she is a minor and he is an adult in college) and she describes the experience as "hurting a lot and me wishing for it to be over already"=RAPE. Instead of using this to target that as rape, when she tells it, it is normalizedand also is idealised as "good". This is HORRIBLE. As an adult, I did not make it past the first 10 minutes of the first episode. Also, if you are a Sex and the City fan, you might not be able to deal with the inaccuracies. In SAC, Carrie states that her dad was NOT in the picture, he abandoned her and her mom. Here, her mom died? And she lives with her dad? She yells in her room (a teenage tantrum) over what to wear? Is this the obnoxious model we want for our future young leaders to be? NO. So, not, we are NOT watching this at home.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Gilmore Girls Poster Image

    Gilmore Girls

    Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.

    age 13+
  • Sherlock Poster Image


    Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.

    age 14+
  • Switched at Birth Poster Image

    Switched at Birth

    Family drama's responsible messages are good for teens.

    age 14+

For kids who love strong female characters

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a book
    Book Characters
    See all
  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a high school letterman's jacket
    High School
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate