Parents' Guide to

The Haunted Hathaways

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming family sitcom with great messages for all ages.

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age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 9+

Wait. How is this TV-G?

Hold on. So... we are a totally lax family. Recently, our 6 yr old switched from watching Blues Clues, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Bluey... to all of these old Nickelodeon shows. Look, again, we are a chill family, we've let him watch all the Harry Potters, and most of the Marvel Avengers movies. But I tell you, his behavior, attitude, and words have changed after he started watching these old Nickelodeon shows. But this one specifically.... every other word is calling someone stupid or a jerk. And why are these young tweens talking about how "cute" someone is, lots of dating, impressing each other to like them, etc. I finally went into Netflix today to change the kids profile rating from PG to G. And was shocked to see that most of these shows with stupid, jerk, dating, crush, etc, were all shows rated G. I am super disappointed in our tv rating system. This blows. because there are GOOD shows that we don't mind (Inbestigators, anyone?) that will now be blocked when we change our tv allowances in Netflix to TV-Y.
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age 5+

Best show ever

I like how it is so silly and how they work out problems. They always stick together as family even when things get rough.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (35):

THE HAUNTED HATHAWAYS is a charming sitcom that touches on issues many families can relate to, like sibling rivalry, coping with unexpected change, and being open to new ideas. The supernatural aspect notwithstanding, this could be the story of any family, whether single- or two-parent, large or small, blended or not. The characters' interplay yields plenty of laughs -- thanks to a talented cast and comical set-ups that play on the ghosts' special tricks -- but there are just as many heartwarming moments that extol positive family relationships.

But perhaps the best attributes of The Haunted Hathaways exist in what's missing from the show. There's no strong language, no suggestive dialogue, and (even with ghosts in the mix), no real scares. Despite the obvious racial and gender divide among the characters, these differences don't come into play, so stereotypes are nonexistent. What's more, as the characters evolve from cautiously tolerating each other to building real relationships that transcend their differences, they rewrite the concept of what defines and unites a family.

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