A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Realistic violence includes explosions, car crashes, shootouts, and physical combat, with some blood.
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Gateway terms such as "hell," "damn," and "son of a bitch."
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.