Beyond

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Slow-moving supernatural thriller just intense enough.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Holden is surrounded by a loving family: a kindhearted mom and dad and adoring younger brother with whom Holden has an especially close relationship. The show has some diversity in its supporting characters. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Holden acts bravely to protect family and friends, even when caught in the grip of a situation he doesn't understand. Some characters are duplicitous, with hidden motivations. 

Violence

Characters are in mortal danger from shadowy villains who use fists and guns to subdue anyone who crosses them. A character is shot point-blank in the head (he doesn't die); physical scuffles can get intense, with combatants hitting each other with objects such as a motorcycle helmet. 

Sex

Flirting and very mild talk about dating and how to attract a woman's attention (compliments are "key," says a character). Pictures of a woman in lingerie are found in a character's desk. 

Language

Cursing, generally exclamatory: "puberty is a bitch," "what the hell." Occasionally, characters insult each other: "piss off," "ass-face." 

Consumerism

Fake brands of cereal, beer, and other groceries are made specially for the show. Real celebs and brands such as Oprah and Apple are mentioned. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking, mostly social, by adults and underage teens. A teen says, "I'm drunk," and giggles. A college student jokes that his parents' money is paying for "beer and weed." Men meet in a bar for beers. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beyond is a drama about a teen who awakens from a coma with supernatural powers. He's being chased by shadowy villains who use violence, including guns, to accomplish their ends. A main character is shot point-blank in the head (he survives), and fistfights get intense. Cursing includes "hell," "bitch," "ass," and insults such as "ass-face." Adults and teens drink beer, and a teen says, "I'm drunk," and giggles. A woman is shown in lingerie in photographs. Imagery of otherworldly lights and fires may scare very young viewers, but overall, the show isn't too scary or gritty for teens, who will be intrigued by its supernatural aspects and young hero. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykdh1524 January 12, 2017

NOT for younger audiences

Main characters are shown using drugs and drinking. They choose between colors of pills before what is insinuated to be engaging in sex. Main character engages... Continue reading
Adult Written byFandemonium N. November 16, 2017

Review: Beyond TV Series

Great twist to the beyond!!! I enjoyed it so much that I had to go to Freeform and watch the entire season! Hope it gets high ratings so we can all find out wha... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAlishaaax April 29, 2017

BEST NETFLIX TV SERIES

So I'm 15 and I've pretty much watched most of the tv series on Netflix, including pll, riverdale, gossip girl, stranger things and you know all the p... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byimjustheretoreview January 8, 2017

love it

i'm only on episode 2 and i love it so far. the acting is great and so is the plot. i believe that it's a show for 12 and up but 11 can make an except... Continue reading

What's the story?

BEYOND begins on an ordinary night in an ordinary town, when two friends meet up to watch a meteor shower. One of the friends winds up getting in a motorcycle accident, sees an otherworldly light -- and wakes up years later from a coma. But Holden (Burkely Duffield) brought something back with him. Suddenly he has strange powers, not to mention a cabal of villains who are chasing him for reasons he doesn't understand. Holden's best friend, Kevin (Jordan Calloway), tells him to run, fast; a mysterious woman Holden meets in a mall, Willa (Dilan Gwyn), warns Holden to trust no one. But who are these people chasing Holden? What do they want? Why does Holden keep waking up in the woods where he saw the light? And what's the connection to Willa, whom Holden sees in terrifying visions? 

Is it any good?

Intriguing and briskly plotted, this supernatural thriller is just spooky enough to grab teens' attention but not scary enough to give them nightmares. Beyond's central questions -- what happened to Holden out there in the woods, and who's after him now? -- are meaty enough to grip viewers and pull them in to await answers. At first, even Holden doesn't realize he has a little something extra; he just thinks he's a regular guy who happened to lose part of his life while unconscious. But was he? While he was out, Willa tells him, he wasn't really "out." He was with her. Doing what, exactly? Something that makes a whole bunch of creepy henchmen chase after him, for reasons that will slowly be revealed. 

But mysteries aren't intriguing without compelling characters, and Beyond takes its time sketching them out. Is Kevin a sweet, normal husband, father, and guidance counselor? Or has he been plotting against Holden all along? Is Holden's little brother Luke (Jonathan Whitesell) around to help Holden? Or to keep an eye on him? Does Holden's adoring mom Diane (Romy Rosemont) know more about Holden's coma than she's letting on? And just who is Willa, and what gives her the ability to communicate with those seemingly lost in unconsciousness? Beyond is artful enough to keep viewers watching as it slowly, slowly unspools its riddles.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of supernatural stories such as Beyond. Why do you think characters with powers like Holden's are popular right now? Do you enjoy stories that bring the impossible to life? Why, or why not?

  • How do special effects enhance our experience of stories such as this one? Do you think these were well done? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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