A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As is typical in anthology shows with a sci-fi/fantasy bent, characters tend to get what's coming to them: evildoers are punished, the good are rewarded. Messages are straightforward and simplistic.
Positive Role Models
Some characters are good, some are bad, and many are a mix of both sides. Selfish motives like greed and lust usually lead to a negative outcome, and do-gooders are rewarded. Many characters are stereotypes: the damsel in distress, the selfless husband.
Violence & Scariness
The content changes with each story, making the violence quotient difficult to predict. Some episodes are scary, like ghost stories; others have romantic or dramatic plots.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As with other iffy content, the amount of sex and romance depends on the episode, but viewers can expect flirting, kissing, dating, romantic complications. In one episode, a man uses a Tinder-like app with a photo of a woman posing in lingerie, meets a woman for a first date in a bar, and then the camera cuts to the woman dropping the man off at work in the morning, presumably after they two have had sex.
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Cursing is infrequent but "damn" and "hell" make an appearance, and in one episode a man calls a woman he's engaged to but who's been seeing (and kissing) another man a "common whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes take place in bars, with adults drinking cocktails and beer; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amazing Stories is a remake of the 1980s sci-fi/fantasy series of the same name, and like the original, each episode has a different setting, plot, and characters, which can make predicting the amount of iffy content, well, iffy. However, it's safe to assume that many stories will have elements that can scare younger or sensitive viewers, including monsters, time travel, supernatural events, and the like. As is typical in anthology shows, twists are frequent, and characters generally get what's coming to them: good characters are rewarded with happy endings, bad ones are punished. Cursing is infrequent, but "damn" and "hell" are heard, and in one episode, a woman is called a "common whore" when she's found spending time with a man who's not her fiance. The amount of sex, violence, drinking, and drugs varies, but in at least one a man goes on a first date with a woman and then is seen being dropped off at work by her in the morning, implying they spent the night together having sex. Romantic complications, kissing, and dating are also present. In some episodes, scenes take place at bars with adults drinking beer and cocktails, but no one acts drunk. Twists are easy to predict, which younger viewers may find reassuring.
Is It Any Good?
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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