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 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.
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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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