|Rated: TV-PG for off-color dialogue|
Starring: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, and Danielle Fishel
Released: 1994 - 1995 (ABC premieres) / 2004 (DVD)
The Good: This is one of the best-loved shows from the time in which I grew up, and was successful enough to launch a sequel series that currently airs on the Disney Channel. It alternates between humor and heartbreak, but does a good job of it. There's little profanity, which is kind of surprising for a major network sitcom of its time. All in all, this was enjoyable, except...
The Bad: There was one major problem that ruined it for me: the off-color dialogue, as the TV rating mentioned. While I expected a little, I didn't think it would be present in almost every episode, and from pretty much every character. From playful banter between Cory's parents, to teens discussing sexual matters, to even an implied affair between Mr. Turner and another instructor...well, it was just too much. If this entire set were rated by the MPAA, I can't help but think it would get a "PG-13".
- Sex: As the rating says, off-color dialogue is present...in pretty much every episode, as mentioned above, and some of it comes from teens. One episode features an implied affair between Cory and Topanga. 1/5
- Nudity: Shirtless guys; girl in bare-midriff outfit. 4/5
- Language: Other than about five or six misuses of God's name, no actual profanity. 4/5
- Violence: Comedic pratfalls, as typical for the "situation comedy" genre. 4/5
- Drugs: None. 5/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Emotional intensity throughout, especially in the last two episodes; the Halloween episode is slightly dark. 4/5