Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic, long-running drama series is based on a book by Earl Hamner, Jr., who used his own upbringing in rural Virginia as inspiration for the characters and storylines. The show focuses on a large extended family living in a small community during the Depression and World War II and offers a glimpse at how people coped with the time's turbulent changes. There's little content here likely to raise eyebrows, and life lessons abound in every episode, making it a wonderful choice for family viewing with kids who can grasp the timely worldly events.
Occasional very mild flirting.
When the plot calls for it, there are shots of army training or war scenes involving weapons. For example, in one, soldiers prepare for battle by stabbing a stuffed gunnysack with a bayonet on a rifle. Other injuries are rare, but when they occur, they do result in realistic consequences (broken bones, cuts, scrapes).
Parents and grandparents are loving and patient and encourage their kids to express themselves and make wise decisions. The strong extended family exhibits love for each other and reliance on their community. Morals and values are high among the main characters. African-American characters are treated with respect. Men and women tend to have predictable, gender-based roles, but it's mostly accurate to the time period.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Very occasionally, adults (usually males) drink beer in a social establishment.