A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
What's the story?
A group of fashionable friends (Charlotte Salt, Will Young, Ashley Madekwe, and Theo James) living in the newly renovated BEDLAM Heights apartments -- conveniently located inside an abandoned institution for the mentally ill -- find they have unwanted roommates in the form of long-dead ghosts who've never left the building. Luckily, one of them has the ability to see the spirits and keep them from seriously harming the humans.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the significance of the show's title and the real-life Bethlem Royal Hospital in London that inspired the word we commonly use today to indicate chaos. Is mental illness viewed differently today than it used to be?
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a spooky experience? Why are ghosts and other supernatural beings such popular fodder for movies, TV shows, and other media?
Do you think the show is scary enough, or could it be scarier? Why do people purposely choose to watch things that will frighten them? What's the appeal?
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