TV & Streaming Reviews



Moral Rating: Caution
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr.
Starring: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Gregory Smith, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Vivien Cardone, Chris Pratt, Tom Amandes

Show Synopsis: (from the producer) Everwood, Colorado is a charming and picturesque little town tucked in among the majestic snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It seems nothing ever changes in Everwood… until the day the Brown family arrives, searching for a place to heal their wounds and find out for themselves if small-town values can survive in a rapidly changing world. In this compelling new WB drama, the Browns' arrival will eventually change the lives of every citizen in Everwood.

viewer comments…
Usually Okay—I just love Everwood. I have not missed an episode yet. As far as some of the controversies, Life is full of them and this gives us the opportunity to talk about things like this with our children. The days of a TV show never touching a controversial issue are gone. I actually never considered any of Everwoods topics to be controversial until I read what some of the others had posted on this site.
Debbie, age 32
Usually Okay—I really like the show, and though there are times when the profanity can get sort of bad it is really pretty mild compared to some of the other t.v. shows out there. I do think that it would be a lot better of a show if it was Christ centered but that's the world for you, the television networks are probably just afraid to do anything involving religion. But I do enjoy the show and hope that the writers don't try to make it be more “hip” by adding more profanity, sexual content and stuff like that.
Melissa Owens, age 19
Usually Okay—Everwood is a show we, as a family, try to catch each week. There have been some topics that are controversial but there are controversies in the world every day. Take the episode when Dr. Brown perfomed the surgery on the comatose boyfriend…Characters twice mentioned "fixing God's mistakes". We know that God does not make mistakes. Parents can make these teachable moments. Children and adults can discuss issues in the safety of their home, which could better prepare them to handle those issues outside the home. Hollywoods poor theology aside, we find Everwood as a drama we can watch with little to worry about other than minor slip-ups. (so far, that is)
Alan Taylor, age 44
Usually Okay—This show is not representational of any “Christ” centered family I know. It was not written from that point of view, what television show is. I have watched this show a few times and realize its short sightedness on it represents Christians. They really don't get it right at all. However I do like the show because it is "right on" target in one area. The writers of “Everwood” have not missed a beat in representing how the main character - Dr. Brown, is suffering over the loss of his wife. I know this, because almost every word the main character has said concerning how he is grieving, I could have written myself. I lost my husband on May 18th of this year. Whoever wrote the dialog concerning this story line must have recently experience it themselves because I can't imagine how else they could have found the words - it has been that powerful. I thank them for being so honest about this. Yet I know that the writers of this show will give into world values and eventually the main character will seek out a new relationship, none of which will be guided by a "Christ-centered" view. Too bad, it would be nice to see a story line developed that would include the main character's search for Christ, after the loss of his wife. They have already established that he isn't certain there is a God, yet there was a beautiful moment in one episode where he was so broken in his grief he finally prayed to God for help. Every word of his prayer I could have said - and I was deeply moved by the insight the writer must have had for this moment. In this episode, where Dr. Brown prayed "for God to restore his joy again" the writers have alluded to the idea that Dr. Brown may be a man in search for God. However I don't think the WB network or the writers have the courage to pursue this story line. And if they do I don't think it will be a "Christ-centered" one, because those calling the shots at network and cable TV just don't get it. I guess we can only hope.
Ellen, over age 45
Avoid—The first couple of shows were OK, even good. But, now, it seems that they are going to insert a “controversial” theme in each show. Last week it was the married neighbor whose husband is away for months at a time being a surrogate mother for a 50-year-old single woman who wanted to have a child. This week it was teenage girls being infected with a sexually-transmitted disease by means of oral sex. "It's not really sex if I can't get pregnant, is it?" I'm disappointed - they had lots of good stories they could have done with the original premise. I guess the writers are either too lazy to do them, or social activists who need to push the envelope. Either way, we're done with this one.
John Kernkamp, age 60
Usually Okay—As a new show this fall, here is my take on it after two episodes: A recently widowed man, Dr. Brown, moves from the big city and fame as a world-famous neurosurgeon to small-town Everwood, Colorado with his two children, a teenage boy and younger daughter. Each deals with the grief over mom's death in various ways. The son has a bad attitude but really does want to do right by his little sis and is trying to understand his dad. The father often “talks” with the dead mom through his memories, but it is not portrayed as a demonic experience, rather the sadness of a man who just lost his best friend and still wishes she were there to talk with. He is completely alienated from the son and daughter after years of missed birthday parties and evenings at home—he was off being a world famous surgeon while they were growing up. Now he's trying to erase all that and love his children before he loses them.
Judy, age 39
Usually Okay—So far the show seems to be headed the right direction. It's about a father of a teenage boy and a little girl who quits his job as a brain surgeon. He decides to move his family to a little town called Everwood Colorado after his wife dies. He attempts to take on the role that the mother left behind after many years of neglect to his children, and they all learn to adjust to life without her.
Teresea Grebenik, age 24
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—To me this show is absolutely perfect! I think it shows exactly how a Christian family should behave because even though they have had some tough times they are still close and talk about the major problems that arise in all teenagers lives. I have not been raised in a conservative christian household but I have been raised by christian parents who try and show me christian ideals in everyday life. I think this show does an unbelievable job of displaying an open-minded father who is trying to raise his kids in a christian way while still being fair, and not being judgemental to everyone in his community.(just the way I believe God wanted from us).
Nick Wood, age 17
Usually Okay—I think Everwood is one of the better shows on TV these days. I mean it deals with situations some of us, if not most, go through. The show can be funny or serious, as well as informative. I know I enjoy watching the show and as long as the show is on I believe I will watch it. I haven't missed a show yet and don't plan on it. As far as profanity goes, I don't believe there is anything on the show worth being concerned about.
Andy Andersen, age 17
Caution—Even though I enjoy this show, I was surprised by the amount of profanity in this “family” drama. I may be naive, but I didn't know that they were allowed to say the word "d-ck" on network television. It is an entertaining show, but the profanity gets rough at times.
Dustin Foree, age 15