A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's a subtle message that friends should stick together and protect each other. But there's a much stronger message that the world is scary and frightening, and that you can't always trust those you love.
Positive Role Models
The main characters make an effort to take care of each other in spite of their uncertain surroundings and help other residents with ghostly encounters, but each has his or her own personal demons.
Violence & Scariness
Some fantasy violence, including choking, drowning, etc. Sudden frights and supernatural effects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Making out/kissing, with rare partial nudity.
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Infrequent audibles like "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show's overall spooky theme lends itself to sudden scares and supernatural sights, including ghosts that try to harm human beings. There's also some sexually charged content that includes kissing and partial nudity; light swearing (think "damn"); and social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Some critics have described Bedlam as a "Haunted Melrose Place." But in truth, that's giving Bedlam a lot more credit than it really deserves. For while Melrose Place (and its 21st century reboot) at least packs enough camp to make it a mildly addictive guilty pleasure, Bedlam is ultimately forgettable, thanks to its ultimately ineffective attempts to scare you into caring.
The special effects, in particular, play out as cheesy rather than spooky, a real let-down given the potential of the whole insane asylum setting. So instead of feeling like you got the frights you came for, you end the hour feeling frighteningly shortchanged.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.