Parents' Guide to

Wizards of Waverly Place

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Magic, mischief, and lessons for young tweens.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 8+

TV-Y7

This show is pretty good. This show includes sexual stuff like kisses and flirting between boys and girls. The violence includes mild peril and occasional wizard battles.
age 9+

Typical Disney - lots of crushes, teen romance, jokes at the parents expense.

The writing and acting on this show are better than average for Disney TV. This makes all of the offensive content somewhat palatable for an audience capable of understanding that they shouldn't necessarily emulate the behavior that gets laughs on the show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (52 ):
Kids say (215 ):

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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