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Believe

Inspiring young heroine lives in a violent, dangerous world.
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Major themes include the possibility of redemption/transformation and helping others through positive connections -- even saving the world. That said, there's a near-constant threat of danger and physical harm that adds an ominous tone and a sense of urgency.

Positive role models

"Good guys" and "bad guys" are clearly defined for the most part, and the main character is an inspiring young heroine whose influence spurs positive change in others.

Violence

Realistic violence includes explosions, car crashes, shootouts, and physical combat, with some blood.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Gateway terms such as "hell," "damn," and "son of a bitch."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Believe centers on a young girl with special powers who lives in a dangerous and violent world. On-screen visuals include sudden accidents and explosions, along with physical combat and a little blood, plus some characters who carry weapons. You'll also hear gateway terms of the "hell/damn/bitch" variety, but that's as salty as it gets.

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What's the story?

When wrongfully imprisoned inmate Tate (Jake McLaughlin) accepts an invitation from a mysterious stranger (Delroy Lindo) to escape from death row, he finds himself forever bound to Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a 10-year-old girl with remarkable powers, and sworn to protect her from forces who want to use her gifts to destroy the world. But learning to BELIEVE again -- in both humanity and himself -- will take every shred of faith Tate has left.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Believe has some big names attached to it -- from executive producer J.J. Abrams to Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón (who's also one of the show's cocreators) -- which translates into great expectations. And maybe that's why this potentially addicting drama doesn't feel quite as habit-forming as it could be, simply because we're expecting so much more. For in spite the show's title, McLaughlin's portrayal of troubled hero Tate ironically isn't that believable, and he and his young co-star lack believable chemistry.

On the plus side, Believe gives us a compelling story, along with characters whose shadowy backstories promise seasons full of surprising revelations -- at least, we hope. And by centering the series on a 10-year-old girl with unimaginable abilities, it also gives younger viewers a positive role model who stays surprisingly centered amid very real -- and very dangerous -- adult realities.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Believe's premise. Would you classify the series as sci-fi, fantasy, or something in-between? Does Believe get it right when it comes to the danger Bo would face if certain factions knew about her powers?

  • Would you consider Believe to be a family drama? Who's the intended audience? Specifically, how young do you think is too young to watch this? 

  • Does the level of violence surprise you for a show that's centered around a child? Can a show's positive messages counteract the violent world in which its characters live?

TV details

Premiere date:March 10, 2014
Cast:Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo, Jake McLaughlin
Network:NBC
Genre:Drama
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRelic May 29, 2014
great show
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bySkylar Calison April 11, 2014

Not too violent

In the first episode, a woman attempts to beat up a guy but it hadn't do violent. If you can watch Avengers or Dark Night Rises, then you can watch this. It's not overly violent and my 11 year old sister watches this and she doesn't get scared. After watching the first 3 episodes, you will start to realise that this show isn't bad and kids 10+ can watch it. The guy protecting the girl does a lot of things for money and he gambles a lot, but if your kids know it's not right to do dangerous things for money, then it is dutiable for them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism