A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is primarily intended to entertain, but kids will take away pointers about being a good friend, sibling, and family member.
The show has positive messages about family, responsibility, friendship, honesty, and making good decisions, and each episode includes a lesson that's emphasized at the story's end.
Positive Role Models
Characters aren't perfect by any means, but they always learn from their mistakes. Typical teen and tween behavior includes sibling arguments, mild rebellion against parental authority (a girl tricks her father so she can go to a clothing sale, for instance), and bickering among female peers. Many teen girl characters are obsessed with physical image, clothes, and shopping.
Violence & Scariness
Magical mishaps sometimes result in some bumps or collisions, but it's all fairly benign, and injuries are rare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes deal with mild boy-girl issues like flirting, crushes, and first kisses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's little to worry about in this Disney sitcom about a trio of siblings with magical powers. Each episode offers positive messages about responsibility, honesty, and making good decisions, and characters learn from their mistakes. Teen girls are sometimes portrayed as image-driven and shopping-obsessed, and some mildly rebellious behavior (a girl uses magic to help sneak out of the house for a clothing sale, for example) is common. Older tweens might find the squeaky-clean package a bit on the cheesy side, but it's fine for younger ones.
Is It Any Good?
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE is full of standard Disney TV fare: a nuclear family headed by two devoted (if often outwitted) parents, tweens and teens with woes that young viewers will easily relate to (a snobby rival who lives to embarrass a teen girl, for example), and squeaky-clean content. There's little here to worry parents of the show's target tween audience; while there's often some mild misbehaving of some sort going on, in the end, important lessons are learned and consequences are faced.
If you're looking for a worry-free series to transition your young tween into the next stage of entertainment, Wizards of Waverly Place might be right up your alley. But don't be surprised if older tweens -- who will easily see through the predictable storylines -- find the package a bit hokey.
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