TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 186 reviews

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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. There's also plenty of manipulation, deceit, betrayal, insecurity, anger, and more, but ultimately there are themes of courage and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking; one character battles a heroin addiction.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 11-year-old Written byklcjg2009 November 16, 2011

Can't wait for the day when we can share Lost with our kids!

First let me say that Lost is my favorite show of all time. I can not wait to share it with my children... when they are older. Much older.

My first reason... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byIz27 August 23, 2020


A great show! I'm saying 14+ because there's a lot of thinking needed in this show.
Kid, 12 years old June 29, 2014

Amazing Show!

This show is one of my favorite, but It may get a little graphic for younger tweens. The show contains lots of blood and gore that could potentially scare young... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byArtemis Antoine March 8, 2020

Great Show!

This show can be very pop up scary. At times it can be a little gruesome, but that's what makes it a good show. I suggest 13 and up because I was 13 when... Continue reading

What's the story?

LOST is what happens when you 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. Then 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. 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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about death and disaster, which are prominent themes in Lost. 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.

  • How do the characters on Lost demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?

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