Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that adolescent kissing is prevalent, as are references to heavy petting, which means it's up to them to decide whether tweens are mature enough to understand the significance of this behavior. The sarcastic remarks and mild insults constantly aimed at Screech sometimes border on mean. There are sanitized discussions of major teen issues such as peer pressure, drunk driving, and drug abuse.
Boy/girl social dynamics. Discussions of crushes and romance. Teens kiss and date. References to heavy petting.
Occasional scenes of kids pushing each other. These actions are quickly stopped by other kids or an adult and are portrayed as hurtful and inappropriate.
Mild ("butt," etc.).
Promotes positive behavior, respecting adults, taking responsibility for one's actions, school spirit, and the value of friendship. Anti-social/racial behavior isn't tolerated.
References to "designer" fashion, but no specific designers are highlighted. Brands of food and beverages are non-specific. The make of particular cars, such as the hood of a Mercedes Benz, is occasionally noticeable, but isn't discussed specifically.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Some shows discuss substance use, including under-age drinking and the abuse of over-the-counter pills. Usage always provides the characters with a lesson about staying clean and sober.