A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Zoe wrestles with emotions after her sister's death, finds comfort in unexpected new friendships as her family struggles to get past loss. Secrecy causes rifts among family members; open communication helps bring people closer together. Zoe and Brody endure some bullying from popular peers, but they never let it change who they are. A main character keeps his sexual orientation a secret from all but one trusted friend, another endures relentless teasing for what a classmate assumes is his homosexuality.
Positive Role Models
As Zoe's parents work through their grief and other life stresses separately, Zoe is forced to find ways to cope on her own. She finds strength in new and old friends, and in memory of sister she loved but didn't fully know. Isaac's trust in her boosts her self-esteem, helps her grow in maturity and confidence.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens make out and play spin the bottle at a party. A boy calls a girl a friend's "wet dream" and makes jokes about a classmate's presumed homosexuality. A main character comes out as gay.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink from plastic cups at unsupervised parties, but it's never confirmed to be alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zoe Valentine is a drama series about a teen whose life and self-identity change dramatically when her older sister dies. The story involves serious themes like grief and its effect on the family structure, depression, bullying, and homosexuality, all of which is explored with honesty and hopefulness. Zoe is an excellent role model for tweens and teens. She copes with difficult emotions and uncertain social changes with grace and growing confidence, and she never lets people influence her in a negative way. A teen teases a classmate whom he presumes is gay, and another hides his homosexuality out of fear of other people's reactions. Expect some physical contact between teens (kissing, making out) and the occasional sexual term like "wet dream."
Is It Any Good?
Insightful and heartfelt, this drama series watches Zoe's metamorphosis from a shy, introspective teen to a confident young woman. Cleo's death changed a lot of aspects of Zoe's life, making her an object of curiosity at school and redefining her role in her family structure. The fallout isn't all welcome, and it accelerates Zoe's maturation, but overall she proves herself capable of the change.
Zoe Valentine deals thoughtfully with serious issues like death, loss, family discord, bullying, and homosexuality. In every case, Zoe emerges as a positive model of kindness, respect, and loyalty. She keeps others' secrets and picks up the slack at home, redefining her priorities as her family's and friends' needs change but always staying true to her own moral compass.
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