A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain, but there are many affirming messages about families.
The series evokes positive emotions about family bonds, centering on the unlikely pairing of an older couple and their adopted son, who is black. There are feel-good messages about embracing change and seeing things from another person's point of view and putting someone else's needs before your own as well. Some stories incorporate Webster's small stature, but they always show him rising above other people's expectations because of his positive attitude.
Positive Role Models
George and Katherine aren't natural parents, and they're constantly learning as they go, but they love Webster and always act in his best interests. They value honest communication and always encourage him to express himself, which helps all of them grow as a family.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
George and Katherine kiss and are shown under the covers together, but little more than suggestive comments ("Maybe we'll like the bedroom," she says at one point) play out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally adults drink beer and wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Webster is a 1980s sitcom about a newlywed couple who adopt an orphaned boy. The series paints family life (and the adoptive family experience in particular) in a very positive light, acknowledging the foibles and celebrating the joys of becoming a cohesive unit. Expect some very mild sexual innuendo (kissing and hints at bedroom time, mostly) and some jabs at Webster's small stature within the course of the story (a coach discounts his promise as a football player, for instance), but overall excellent messages for families.
Is It Any Good?
Emmanuel Lewis is the shining star of this feel-good sitcom that aired for six seasons in the 1980s. The contrast between Webster and his adoptive parents -- for whom parenting isn't an ingrained skill -- accounts for much of the humor, but it's also the source of emotion in this well-loved classic. Webster and the Papadopouloses prove that the definition of family knows no bounds if love is able to grow, and it's a message that still rings true today.
Despite its decidedly vintage look, Webster continues to be relevant entertainment for families. Kids will be amused at Webster's antics and the endearing relationship he enjoys with Katherine and George. With virtually no concerning content to speak of, this classic is one your whole family can enjoy.
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