Parents' Guide to

Believe

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring young heroine lives in a violent, dangerous world.

TV NBC Drama 2014
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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.

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