Beyond the Break

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Surf's down on this soggy, sexy teen drama.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Lacey has an abusive father figure and an alcoholic mother, has a criminal record, turned to drinking herself, and ran away from home -- but claims she wants to start fresh; Birdie has to work in addition to surfing to pay student loans; all females are strong willed and assertive at getting what they want; the cast is diverse.


Fist fights.


Sexual innuendos ("your long-board is out past the breakers"); implied nudity; an implied threesome; a boy is caught with another girl (off-screen) and she runs outside wearing only a sheet; kissing; a playboy surfer manipulates and hooks up with various girls.


Mild: "bitch-ass," "worthless stoner," "dumbass."


Red Bull, Land Rover, Toyota.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen drinks herself unconscious; an adult character drinks and smokes; an alcoholic mother and her boyfriend make appearances.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that characters spend most of each episode in their swimsuits. The female lead characters (17 and under) live with an older, attractive male surf coach in a house, without any parents. One teen runs away from home and has an alcoholic mother and an abusive father-figure. She also has a criminal history for stealing and drinks herself unconscious. Teens manipulate others to get what they want. Some of the girls are assertive, which may be perceived as using their sexuality to influence others -- which also happens. A threesome is implied, and there is some kissing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysoccer girl7 April 9, 2008

I enjoyed it!!!!!!!

This is a great show, but is very involved in sexual activities. It may not be apropiate for 12 and under, but it is an awesome show!
Adult Written bymbaker08 April 9, 2008

Make a Sex Tape and You Too can Be Hired for a Kids Show!

Beyond the Break just signed Kim Kardashian to appear on their show. She is the latest to appear in a raunchy sex tape. She's half-heartedly protesting, so... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byforever281 May 29, 2010

Wow, this is what the first season was like?!

I've only seen the third and final season and was shocked when I read this about the first season. The third season has NONE of this stuff except for some... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysweetheart29 December 12, 2009

The new season is so much better than the season reviewed!

This review is about the first season, but this show is in its third season now and has gotten MUCH better. The sexual content and language is much less in the... Continue reading

What's the story?

BEYOND THE BREAK washes over the lives of six teenage surfers: wealthy princess Dawn (Suzie Pollard), smart and sassy Birdie (Tiffany Hines), bad-girl Lacey (Natalie Ramsey), level-headed Kai (Sonya Balmores), bad-boy-next-door Bailey (Ross Thomas), and sidekick Shoe (Jason Tam). Thanks to a sponsorship from WaveSync, the wannabe surfers are given room and board -- complete with a former-surfing-legend-turned-coach, Justin (David Chokachi) -- and the chance to be competitive professionals. The four main female characters come from diverse backgrounds and bring many of their issues into the house. Fights ensue over boys, money, and surfing, and the girls are forced to learn life lessons without parental supervision. At the end of the day, friendships and bonds are formed, but not without a \"whodunit\" angle to keep the drama alive until the next episode.

Is it any good?

The show's visuals are more appealing (or appalling) than its storylines. The series is shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii, but the sandy beaches and crushing waves play second fiddle to teens constantly sporting their bikinis, washboard abs, short shorts, and glistening muscles -- all of which are prominently featured in slow-motion images as they surf the waves. The editing plays more like a music video than a TV series, and the scenes leave little room for character-driven plots.

To a distracting degree, Chokachi, a former Baywatch babe himself, is too young and attractive to play a realistic father-figure living with four 17-year-old girls. In the end, the show is entirely too sexual to drive home any real value or even warrant status as a "guilty pleasure" drama like The O.C. or Blue Crush.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about focusing on goals and going after what you want. How far would teens' parents be willing to let them go to achieve their goal in sports, education, or a future career? Do kids think the series' set-up is realistic? Would real teens be this wild/mature/focused if they were given this kind of responsibility and freedom?

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