A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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. There's also plenty of manipulation, deceit, betrayal, insecurity, anger, and more, but ultimately there are themes of courage and teamwork.
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. Hurley is often depicted as showing kindness to his fellow islanders, especially by bringing much-needed doses of fun and levity to their lives. Later seasons introduce much more manipulation by characters with very complex agendas.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing and some sexual activity implied; actual liaisons are rare, and when they happen, nothing sensitive is shown.
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An occasional "hell," "ass," or "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking; one character battles a heroin addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Lost is a 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.
Is It Any Good?
The show's interlocking puzzle of characters, secrets, and endless discoveries 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.
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