Lost

Common Sense Media says

Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adjusting to life on the island brings to mind "survival of the fittest," though, as the series progresses, there's unity among survivors -- they work together for food, shelter, and support in attempts to get off the island. That said, there's also plenty of manipulation, deceit, betrayal, insecurity, anger, and more.

Positive role models

The characters are all deeply flawed, with big secrets -- part of the show's agenda is to help them overcome the issues that have plagued them their whole lives. But many are committed to doing the right thing -- or at least helping those that they deem friends. Later seasons introduce much more manipulation by characters with very complex agendas.

Violence

Many wounds/dead bodies. A key character is found hanging from tree; a man is sucked into a plane engine; injuries include bloody guts and gashes. Some bloody bodies, as well as shootings, kidnapping, arson, beatings, and murder. Some medical imagery.

Sex

Kissing and some sexual activity implied; actual liaisons are rare, and when they happen, nothing sensitive is shown.

Language

An occasional "hell," "ass," or "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking; one character battles a heroin addiction.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this complex action/sci-fi drama includes many startling, sometimes violent sequences -- starting with the chilling airplane crash that kicks off the first episode (and is revisited more than once). Other potentially upsetting scenes include injuries, fatalities, kidnappings, shootings, and fights. Important characters are threatened and sometimes killed. Characters are shown drinking (particularly in flashback sequences), and one character is a heroin addict. There's kissing and some sexual activity, though nothing too sensitive is shown. Most of the characters have dark secrets in their past, including murder.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Take a couple of handfuls of survivors -- some family, mostly strangers -- crash them onto an island with a traumatic plane wreck, and give them little sign of hope, a mystery in the jungle, and no sign of rescue; add a pinch of Gilligan's Island, a smidge of Survivor, a sprinkle of grown-up Goonies, a dab of 24, and a generous serving of originality to taste. This is what being LOST is all about. Each episode adds a building block to the mystery surrounding the survivors. Viewers are slowly introduced to each character's past via flashbacks to what led them onto the fictitious Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 -- and, eventually, to the island. Slowly, viewers discover that the characters' fate was no accident, and there are connections between the remaining passengers.

Is it any good?

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The show's interlocking puzzle of characters, secrets, and endless discoveries can make for an enticing family drama. Lost could be considered the TV version of a board game. There are compelling questions left at the end of each episode and vast amounts of room for interpretation. The blend of mystery and drama in Lost is enthralling and tends to overshadow the violence that occurs along the way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about death and disaster, which are prominent themes here. Is the show optimistic or pessimistic? Are the characters intended to be role models?

  • Talk about the idea of fate, which plays a pivotal role on the show. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

  • The mystery of the island and the embedded clues are a big part of the show, and sharing theories about the happenings on the show can be a fun way for teens and parents to share the viewing experience.

TV details

Cast:Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Matthew Fox
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming
Awards:Emmy, Golden Globe

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieFan86 February 25, 2011
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6
QUALITY
 

Good for everyone

Great family show. It is appropriate for children against popular rating. It may get a little bit too violent at points but everything else is fine. Just no toddlers, 6 and up should be fine.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2011
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10
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Anyone who is mature can watch.

OK I'm not interested in it like my sister. For sex, people do have sex. And "Shannon" was in a bikini laying on a towel, and she removed her bikini top. The girls dress inappropriately sometimes too. Language, b-tch, d-mn, h-ll, d-mmit. Violence, blood, people die, but its not like real violence people! People fight a lot for negative messages. And "Charlie" was influenced badly by his brother to take drugs.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byanonmouse November 12, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 

One of my favorite shows. I say It's fine for anyone above 10 or so with family and 12 and up should be fine watching alone.

Just not the 6th season because it was terrible ;)

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