Parents' Guide to

Boy Swallows Universe

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tragicomic coming-of-age series has lots of violence, drugs.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great plot line!!

I didn't expect it to be as good of a show as it is, I knew the actress who plays the Mom, Phoebe Tonklin, was amazing but the little brother has some great acting skills. The way they have him approach Lyle about dealing drugs was impressive. Most people think kids that age are clueless but they aren't.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This series features exceptional acting by the young actors, and Fimmel also shines as the dirtbag stepdad who can't stay out of trouble. Boy Swallows Universe does feature some cliches and stereotypes, like the overly kind, questioning school counselor, and a threatening Vietnamese drug kingpin. But frequently, the series goes deeper and presents strong portrayals of an Australian family whose underworld connections aren't the most interesting thing about them.

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