The West Wing

TV review by Elisabeth Chaney, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Intelligent political drama for mature viewers.

NBC Drama 1999

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 13+

A bit of mature themes, but overall fine for your tween.

A bit of sex, with the worst thing being callgirls being referenced frequently. Some swearing and substances are used. But overall fine for your preteen. And a good show I might add.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Perfect for renewing hope in the human spirit

This is a show of idealists trying to make the world better through governmental policy, but presents sticky moral situations that don't always turn out "happily ever after." Perfect for a smart kid. Some make take issue with some policy, but I can't imagine anyone objecting to the sentiment.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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