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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tween comedy gets caught up in superficial stuff.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Has its pros and cons.....

This is a great show for tweens, but it does have its pitfalls. While language and violence aren't an issue, the dating, flirting, and occasional iffy references are something to watch for. Geena (who is 13) is seen flirting with a different guy in almost every episode and frequently gets busted at school for showing too much skin. Also, in one episode, Addie's skirt gets ripped off and viewers see her in her underwear. Later in the episode, she goes out with her friends (her skirt safety pinned) and the skirt's safety pins come out, leaving her (tuesday) underwear exposed once again. This prompts a guy to say "hello, tuesday!" and whistle at Addie. However, the positive messages and realistic point of view make Unfabulous okay for tweens.

Is It Any Good?

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Tween viewers can benefit from seeing a representative of their age group fumbling her way through social situations. But whether Unfabulous is the type of norm that parents want to influence their kids is questionable. While Roberts (niece of Julia Roberts) is talented and a rather smart actress, the circumstances of her character are trite, shallow, and confusing -- which, some may argue, is precisely what "drama" is at this age. Addie constantly reflects on the daily occurrences in her life, in which her still-developing social skills often wreak havoc on her sense of serenity. But she's surrounded by questionable influences.

Her friend Geena (Malese Jow) talks about having had her first kiss with a boy who "tasted like onions and bubblegum." No wonder Addie says she "wanted to get her first kiss over with"! Yikes. Addie's other sidekick, Zach (Jordan Calloway), is a "nerd" who plays in the school band and "marches to the beat of his own drum." There's also Addie's older brother, Ben (Tadhg Kelly), whose hero in high school was a guy who dated five girls at one time -- not exactly a role model himself. Parents will want to decide whether these subtle messages are what should be shaping their kids' view of reality -- and whether this is a scene that tweens feel reflects their own experiences.

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