The New Adventures of Old Christine

TV review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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A "family show" that's not for kids.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Stay-at-home moms are pitted against working moms; exes do their best to navigate separate lives, but it sometimes gets messy; a divorcee does the best that she can to remake herself.


Though there's no nudity, sex is referenced within the first 10 minutes of the first episode, and constantly in subsequent episodes.


Pretty tame ("damn," "hell").


Nothing excessive (though the son occasionally plays GameBoy).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Christine and friends occasionally have a glass of wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Christine spends plenty of heartwarming moments with her third-grader, this sitcom isn't really about parenting. It's actually more adult, dealing humorously with such issues as how middle-class types mingle with their super-rich counterparts, how women size each other up, and how ex-spouses move on and move up in the world.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byyuri13 September 29, 2014

It's not SOOOOOOOOOO... inappropriate

some sexual references,language and drinking.If Were a movie,will be rated:PG-13
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bySTEPcoach October 29, 2010

Good adult fun - not for kids

While this comedy is not suitable for kids under the age of 15 -16, for adults, and especially divorced parents, there are some positive messages here. Christin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLillliiiaaannn October 27, 2013

Best Show Ever!

This show is hilarious and no harm is done if you're mature enough.
Teen, 13 years old Written byskyblue101 June 27, 2012

Good Show-No role model

Christine does have some bad behavior and she is not a role model. Despite this, the show usually ends in a positive message about moving on and making yourself... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine, a woman who owns a Curves-type gym franchise and is trying to forge an identity beyond that of mother and ex-wife. Endearing and insecure, Christine struggles with life as a single mother after her son starts attending a new, more exclusive school and her ex takes on a younger, spacier Christine (yes, they share the same name, which is why Louis-Dreyfus' character is the "old" Christine). Her ex, Richard (Clark Gregg), is cavalier about having a new girlfriend; Christine's co-worker gets all the witty one-liners; and her roommate (her brother) is slacker-snarky, ever the observer.

Is it any good?

In the able hands of Louis-Dreyfus, Christine sometimes manages to be complex, but only for a moment, until she's drowned out by the ubiquitous laugh track. All too quickly, the show falls into stereotypes -- the rich-stay-at-home moms are brittle and bitter; the new girlfriend is pretty, and pretty vapid -- but the intended irony may not be clear, especially to young viewers. Instead, they may think new girlfriends of divorced fathers are usually vacuous (and good in bed, if inferences are to be believed); that divorced moms are frantic and sex-starved (one episode mentions "sex" so many times that nothing else seems important); and that children of divorce suffer only from a severe case of flatly written dialogue.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what happens when a nuclear family detonates, and what the fall-out is for both parents and children. How can families survive divorce? What's it like for kids? They can also explore questions of race and class, both of which are brought up in the episodes that deal with Christine's son switch from public to private school. Is it easy to start over? How does one begin again?

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