Touched by an Angel

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Inspiring drama has strong Christian overtones.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Strong, faith-based messages about living life to the fullest, making amends for past wrongs, and drawing strength from a higher power are essential to the plot. Characters with physical or mental disabilities are occasionally introduced to illustrate the need for accepting others. A recurring character is a fallen angel who works for the devil before being offered another chance to do good. One main character is African-American, and the ever-changing cast is often multicultural.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

"Hell" is mentioned, but only in the context of the alternative to heaven. "Oh my God" is the strongest outburst.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social scenes sometimes include champagne or beer for adults. When overuse is an issue, there's always a consequence -- in one episode, a character who's drinking and driving is later said to have been killed in a car accident.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this inspirational drama series follows angels (who look human) who bring hope -- via reminders of God's love and mercy -- to people struggling with life's burdens. The heavily spiritual content deals more in moralistic adages than actual Bible quotes, but a non-denominational Christian atmosphere is nonetheless prevalent throughout the show. The ever-changing subject matter can be heavy and emotionally charged, with characters experiencing illness, death, and various family crises. A main character is the heaven-sent Angel of Death (though again, he looks fully human), who escorts those who die to their eternal fate in heaven or hell. Some episodes also feature messengers from the devil who attempt to sabotage the angels' good work.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCommonSenseChristian December 31, 2012

An Angel on my Television Screen

This is my absolute favorite show. Now, I'm a Christian, so I admit to being a bit biased, and will warn users now that if you have any reservations about... Continue reading
Adult Written byWaylon J. March 22, 2012

"Dvd's That Will Touch Lives"

Touched By An Angel healed my insecurities and prepared me for married life at the age of 27. Everyone must see this show and own all its dvd's for regular... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 7, 2013

I Love This Show

Well, this show is amazing. That is the first thing you should know. They are all good actors and accuartley portray angels. There is a lot of violence in th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykittykat12313 November 1, 2013

Just love

I think this show is really good especially if you really believe in god you would be crazy not to watch it. It gives you a vary nice feeling

What's the story?

In the popular, faith-based 1990s drama TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, messengers from heaven enter people's lives to bring hope during emotionally stressful times and remind individuals of God's love and mercy. Roma Downey stars as the genteel Monica, an angel who, at the show's start, had just been promoted from search and rescue tasks to case work. As such, she's able to pose as a human and seek out people struggling with emotional burdens, quickly befriending them and gently guiding them through life's rough spots, eventually revealing her angelic status and telling them how much they're loved by God. Monica is accompanied by her supervisor, Tess (Della Reese), who interacts less with the human subjects but provides her apprentice (and by association, the viewers) hints about the scope of God's plan. Andrew (John Dye), the Angel of Death, supplements his duties as an escort of the deceased with occasional case work alongside Monica and Tess; in later episodes, Valerie Bertinelli joined the cast as team member named Gloria. The show also welcomed guest stars in nearly every episode, including Bill Cosby (as the Angel of Reconciliation), Angela Lansbury, and a recurring role for Randy Travis.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the struggles the characters face in each episode and -- when applicable -- relate them to their own lives. What emotional challenges weighed on the characters? How did they try to cope on their own? How did the angels help them? Kids, when have you had to overcome challenging times? How did a friend or family member help you get through it? Parents can also use this show to discuss spiritualism. What are your family's religious beliefs? How do other religions differ in faith and practice? Do you believe there are angels among us? What other ways have religion and faith been portrayed on TV? How do the media treat religion and faith in general?

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