A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive representations of family, parents, friendship, and the African-American community.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional shoving and pushing, but these actions don't cause any real harm and usually lead to a demonstration of the danger of violence, gangs, and guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Includes references to dating and boy/girl relationships. At least one episode deals with teen motherhood/pregnancy, but it's not discussed within the context of sexual relationships.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this '90s sitcom is all about family and strong-but-loving parents and focuses on promoting education and respect. Overall, the show is very family-friendly, but it does occasionally deal with serious topics, including teen pregnancy and gangs (although always in a way that teaches positive lessons). Parents may want to prescreen before letting younger tweens watch.
Is It Any Good?
The Parent 'Hood (which originally ran from 1994 to 1999 and still airs in syndication) is quite family-friendly, but some episodes cover serious topics, including teen pregnancy, gangs, and dropping out of school. Michael and Zaria also deal with the difficulties of being teenagers in a world filled with peer pressure. Nonetheless, the show promotes a very positive image of family and the African-American community. It also sends the message that parenting, while not easy, can be fun.
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