Between

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Gritty sci-fi series targets teens with blood and realism.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages
The series explores the darker side of human nature in the face of catastrophe and whether people will choose to work collectively or selfishly for their own survival. It's much more complicated than "good" vs. "evil" -- and there's no clear winner.
Positive Role Models & Representations
The characters we're meant to root for aren't perfect, but in comparison to obvious villains they feel like heroes. 
Violence

Dead bodies and visible blood, along with pistol-whippings, beatings, and collisions; painful, high-risk childbirth; some characters use guns (and excessive force) to gain power.

Sex

A teen character is pregnant.

Language

Teen characters use words such as "dick," "ass," and "pissed off."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking; a secondary character smuggles drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Between centers on a group of young adults (age 21 and younger) who survive a mysterious plague of unknown origin. The virus causes victims to bleed from their mouths and die; you'll also see physical violence (including pistol-whipping) and characters who use weapons to seize power. One of the main characters is a very pregnant high schooler who plans to give her baby up for adoption; other teen characters use words such as "pissed off' and "dick," and a secondary character sells drugs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShortstack0803 July 10, 2016

Love the series!!!!!

I love this show. I can't wait for season 3. Me and my family binged watched it in one day.
Adult Written byMelissaMercer429 July 16, 2016

amazing show

I think this show was great. It had a great story to it and I found myself not wanting to stop watching it. Every episode left me on the edge of my seat. I have... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by_brown_eyed_girl_ July 4, 2015

Pretty Good

This shows takes a little bit but it builds up I am hooked! This show has some good role models though the lines are blurred between good and bad. There are adu... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 19, 2017

For mature 11 year olds

Its a story about a town called Pretty Lake that's put under quarantine after a virus kills everyone aged 22 and up. iCarly's Jennette McCurdy stars a... Continue reading

What's the story?

When a mysterious virus hits the small town of Pretty Lake, the government imposes a quarantine that effectively turns the survivors into prisoners, dashing pregnant teen Wiley Day's (Jennette McCurdy) hopes of giving her baby up for adoption and leaving the past behind. Meanwhile, Wiley's tech-savvy friend, Adam (Jesse Carere), has uncovered a curious fact about the virus: It only targets those 22 and over. Now, it's up to those BETWEEN the ages of 0 and 21 to figure out the rules of their frightening new reality.

Is it any good?

Although the initial premise is intriguing, in the end there's nothing spectacular about the way Between spins its story or shapes its characters, resulting in an average piece of entertainment aimed squarely at teens. The show plays so much like a young adult novel that it's hard to believe it isn't based on one. On the plus side, creator Michael McGowan's original story does breed some weighty themes to ponder amid all the teen angst, including whether the 21-and-under set could run the world if they had to -- or whether they'd effectively destroy it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Between's target audience. Is the show aimed at teens or adults, and how can you tell? How does it compare to other dramas with teen protagonists?

  • What would the world be like if teens and younger adults were in charge? How close does Between come to getting it right?

  • Does Between paint people as inherently good or inherently bad, particularly when faced with a crisis? Do you agree with the show's assessment of human nature?

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