Parents' Guide to

Amazing Stories

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Some twists, mystery in tame but lackluster anthology.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Good conversation starters

Good content for an older kid, 10 and up. Makes for good conversation starters. I don’t remember the older series but this is series is acceptable for a 10+ audience. Some aggression, romance but nothing to the tune of what you would see in a Disney /Marvel movie. Very suspenseful, mystery and light action. Content made for good conversations: what would you do? What if? What’s happening? Good show.
age 13+

Too much for younger kids

The episodes are intense, especially the second one, which should definitely be skipped by kids younger than 10. Our 8 year old has seen all the Harry Potter movies, ghostbusters, and some other 11 and 12+ content, but the real life intensity of these episodes freaked him out more than I expected compared to other 10+ content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Anthology shows that take on sci-fi/fantasy stories are often a treat with highs and lows that vary by episode, but unfortunately this retread of the hit '80s series feels stale. "Protagonist goes back in time and strange events ensue" is a setup that vintage anthology shows like The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents returned to again and again, but even The Twilight Zone, arguably the greatest anthology of all time, found that it had diminishing returns. It's possible to take that same setup and turn it into something fresh, but the Amazing Stories episode that uses it doesn't quite manage it, instead presenting a story with an expected twist.

In addition, though it's been reported that the modern Amazing Stories has been expensively made (reportedly $5 million per episode), it's not obvious looking at the screen. The costumes seem half-hearted, the settings fail to dazzle, and the special effects just aren't very special. Though Amazing Stories seemingly has enough talent behind the scenes to make it happen, something went wrong, rendering the title ironic instead of prophetic.

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