The Best Years

2007 TV-PG 1 season

The Best Years

2007 TV-PG 1 season
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Foster kid Samantha Best has a big adjustment to make when she arrives at a prestigious university in Boston, but she can't let her new friends, adversaries and potential romances interfere with keeping up her grades to maintain her scholarship.
Charity Shea, Jennifer Miller, Randal Edwards, Sherry Miller, Brandon Jay McLaren, Tommy Lioutas, Lauren Collins
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2007) - 4 discs

During her freshman year at Charles University, Samantha Best takes a liking to a star basketball player, adjusts to living with her roommate and struggles to get the grades needed for her full scholarship.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this college drama from the former head writer of teen favorite Degrassi: The Next Generation tackles just as many issues as that show -- albeit in a somewhat soap-operaish way. Romantic relationships among students (and in one case, between a student and his married professor) include sex; sometimes the girls use their bodies to gain guys' interest. Expect some mild language ("bitch," "damn," etc.) and lots of underage drinking -- though the latter sometimes comes with consequences: In one episode, a drunk teen falls to his death from a rooftop. (It's worth noting that many of the characters would be of age in Canada, where the series is made -- though it takes place in the United States.)

Sexual Content

Various states of undress -- like the rear view of a woman in a bra. Storylines include allusions to sexual relationships -- for example, a girl makes a provocative tape of herself to spark a guy's interest, and a student sleeps with his professor. College dorms have co-ed bathrooms.


In one scene, a drunk teen dies after falling from a rooftop. There's no blood, but his lifeless body is shown.


Occasional use of words like "ass," "bitch," "hell," and "damn."

Social Behavior

Overall these teen characters aren't the best models for responsible behavior -- though much of what they do probably isn't that far off of what goes in on real-life colleges. They sleep around (some with professors), drink a lot, don't appreciate their friendships, and often manipulate others' emotions.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The teen college students go to bars and drink alcohol (many are of legal drinking age in Canada, where the series is made). In one scene, drunkenness leads one character to fall to his death from a rooftop.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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