|Rated: TV-PG (US) / G (Canada)|
Starring: Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel, and Barry Watson
Released: August 26, 1996 - May 19, 1997 (original premieres) / September 14, 2004 (DVD)
As seen on the WB. Features numerous guest stars, including Keri Russell and Mila Kunis.
The Good: There's a reason why this series was critically acclaimed: In a time when popular entertainment often showed teenagers swearing, doing drugs, and engaging in sexual activity without any shame, 7th Heaven shows adolescents who either do the right thing...or learn a very hard lesson. The performances, especially from screen legend Stephen Collins, were wonderful, and each of the plots had me hooked. The episodes deal with serious themes--racism, crime, divorce, teenage parenthood, etc.--but do so in an appropriate way. Sexual content and profanity are kept to a minimum. The show itself serves as a reminder of the '90s: a time before 9/11 and all this technology, when life was seemingly simpler.
The Bad: As good as this is by itself, it's almost depressing when you realize where this series ended up. Some of you may be thinking of last year's incident with Stephen Collins, but, honestly, Plugged In said that this show veered into inappropriate, immoral territory just a few seasons in. Maybe I shouldn't seek out the other seasons.
- Sex: Occasional banter between married couples; kissing, mostly mild, but sometimes passionate. It is mentioned that a teenage boy became a father. 3/5
- Nudity: Occasional midriffs and slight cleavage. 4/5
- Language: Most episodes have nothing worse than "gosh" or "sucks", but a scant few episodes have two or three uses at most of stronger language, including h-words, "go to hell," d-words, and "bite me". 3/5
- Violence: Nothing graphic or bloody; probably the worst of the violence is when a hit and run accident leaves a character in the hospital. 4/5
- Drugs: Occasional consumption of alcohol. 4/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Emotional intensity is present in almost every episode. One scene features a robbery. 1/5