Although the show has its flaws, and has been both heavily criticised and praised over the years, especially by the LGBT+ community, it is one of my favourite shows. Of course, there's a sex scene or two in almost every episode but can we really shelter teenagers from that forever? I'm not suggesting I'd watch this show with my mother or anything because I'm pretty certain that would be the most excruciating experience of my life, but I don't think teenagers 16+ should be stopped from watching. The characters on the show were actually groundbreaking examples of representation at the time, with the first deaf lesbian, the first interracial lesbian couple (w/ a child) and the first transgender permanent character, the show attempts to explore these often overlooked groups in a way which gives them an identity further than being deaf, interracial or trans* (or even LGBT) in favour of fully flushing out the character's lives and experiences. This is also one of the first and only shows with an entirely female recurring cast, the importance of which cannot be overlooked. Some of my favourite scenes and episodes are the ones focusing on the friendship dynamic of the group, what I believe to be the core of the show. I think it is unfair to say that this show does not provide positive messages as there are a huge number of examples of the group offering support to each other, the consequences of characters wrongdoings are often shown, and there are just a huge number of examples of the group being good friends to each other and stopping their destructive habits. I can also think of numerous examples of characters being good role models, a lot of the characters are ivy league educated, incredibly powerful women who step up when they need to and stand up with conviction for what they believe in. There are, of course, negative aspects of the show. Season 6 is one big mess, some characters do seem to become stereotypes such as Shane, the comparitively masculine lothario, although she was provided with slightly more diverse story lines later on. Their attempt to explore transgender issues also seemed to be inconsistant and there are often times when characters seem to change entirely and inconceivably episode to episode. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this show to anyone 16+ who is interested in watching and is able to overlook the flaws in favour of appreciating the feats of this show which are yet to be matched to this day.