Parents' Guide to

Touched by an Angel

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring drama has strong Christian overtones.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Great show with a few flaws

The episode "The Birthday Present" Season 8 Episode 3 makes no sense. The kid not only ordered a hand gun from the internet but they sent it in the mail. That is illegal. Not even ammo is allowed to be shipped in the mail. I know because I've bid on some on line and had to drive to the auction house 3 hours to pick it up. Everything else they ship to me. Also where did the kid get the ammo for the gun? They made it look like it was shipped already loaded!!!! Having these sort of things in a show give people false information and they actually believe you can buy a loaded gun in the mail, no permits or back ground check needed, and under age. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You can't even ship a black market gun in the mail. They Xray packages, and this one wasn't even wrapped in any packing. Even when this episode was made they had the same laws then as they do now. Other then that I love their shows and watch reruns every day.

This title has:

Great role models
age 17+


Although the theme of an angel lady helping different people in need every episode is ok and good, the show is far too serious/dramatic/intense for most people. Many episodes feature people at the brink of suicide (attempts are shown) and other types of intense violence (like shootings and rape). Very serious problems indeed! We recommend avoiding as it's too intense and sad to view/think about regularly.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (10):

This uplifting, inspirational show is steeped in strong moral messages, life lessons, and Christian overtones that include multiple references to "God," "Lord," and the "Father." Some episodes also feature self-proclaimed advocates of the devil, including one (played by Jasmine Guy) who falls from God's grace and tries to sabotage the angels' work on Earth.

If the premise of Touched by an Angel meshes with your religious beliefs and your kids can handle the subject matter, this is a good option for family viewing with tweens. But some sensitive kids may find the show's emotional topics (family illness, death, and divorce) upsetting. It's also likely to instigate lots of questions about the existence of God and the idea of predetermined destiny. So let your instinct -- and spiritual tendencies -- be your guide on this one.

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