The Haunted Hathaways

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
The Haunted Hathaways TV Poster Image
Charming family sitcom with great messages for all ages.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 32 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Nothing specifically educational, but the show includes positive messages about overcoming differences, self-esteem, and family unity.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates nontraditional family structures as illustrated by two devoted single parents and their respective broods. It also explores themes like compromise, fitting in with peers, and embracing change, all with messages that reflect self-awareness and tolerance. Though the cast includes white and African-American characters, racial differences are never an issue in the stories.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Michelle and Ray are great parents who set positive examples for their kids to follow. Though their situation isn't ideal, they make it work for everyone's sake and expect the same from their kids. There's often some playful rivalry between siblings and among the four kids, but it's always light-hearted and never does any real damage.

Violence & Scariness

Physical comedy is funnier than it is worrisome. There are some surprises at the hands of the ghosts, who pop in and out of scenes and can change their appearances and rearrange their body parts, but it's not meant to be scary.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Haunted Hathaways is an entertaining sitcom that boasts positive, worry-free family entertainment. The story is fresh, the characters are delightful, and the positive messages it sends about families and relationships are worthwhile for viewers of any age. Although three of the main characters are ghosts, they're funnier than they are scary, so even young kids can watch without worry. There are two examples of exemplary single parents, and it's through their influence that the kids learn to compromise for the benefit of the group. This likable series is a fun spin on the traditional family sitcom.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright August 1, 2013

First review in August

This show is really boring and lame! It's just like Robot and Monster, overrated and dumb! I'm surprised the negative reviews haven't come to her... Continue reading
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byPoems Perfect December 12, 2013

The may as well have called it: 'The Scary Spook Family'

I hate to admit that I actually generally found this show quite amusing. Possibly, the only annoying character would be Louie. However, I would never in a milli... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 18, 2015


i don't understand why there are so many negative reviews about this show.
i used to think it was bad because i had not seen much of it but one day when i... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDg0113 October 19, 2013

What I think of haunted hathaways

The show is terrible, the acting stinks, the jokes are corny, the special effects are so green screen, the characters are poorly developed and cheesy, and the s... Continue reading

What's the story?

Michelle Hathaway (Ginifer King) and her daughters, Taylor (Amber Montana) and Frankie (Breanna Yde), aren't sure what to expect when they relocate to New Orleans following Michelle's divorce, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise awaiting them in their new home, where they're met by a family of ghosts. Ray Preston (Chico Benymon) and his sons, Miles (Curtis Harris) and Louie (Benjamin Flores Jr.) have haunted the house for years, and they've never met a resident they couldn't scare away, but the Hathaways put up a fight and refuse to give in. Eventually the two sides agree to a truce and vow to share the house, but that doesn't stop the hijinks as these two families learn to live alongside each other.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what defines a family. Do members of a family always have to be biologically related to have an emotional connection? How has our culture's impression of a family changed in recent years?

  • Kids: How do the characters relate to each other beyond their obvious differences? What unique traits do they come to like in each other? How are our lives enriched by being around people who are different from us?

  • Do you like to be scared when you're watching a show or a movie? What kind of content crosses the line for you?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love humor

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

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

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate