A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A group of teens oppose a shadowy cabal in this series that emphasizes teamwork and curiosity, with a diverse set of high schoolers investigating a mystery.
Positive Role Models
Emma calls herself a "difficult person" and does get static for being stubborn and trying to get answers to her question. She's also courageous and intrepid, as are the group of pals who team with her to figure out Middlebo's mysteries, especially Marie, who's a serious and intelligent girl that validates Emma's concerns about her town and the adults in it.
Emma is a teen of color and the centerpiece of this series. Her friends are mostly White, though there's at least one other person of color in the main cast. One character uses a wheelchair; it's just one aspect of his characterization.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are in sci-fi-esque danger from otherworldly forces as well as human enemies who don't want secrets revealed. Expect brief blood and violence, as in one scene in which we see a wounded animal and a dark shadowy form twists its neck to kill it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character says her parents are at a "swinger's club." There's talk of boyfriends and girlfriends, and characters kiss briefly at party scenes. One teen asks another if they can have sex and she says she doesn't want to "right now."
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Cursing and language includes "f--k," "g--damn," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In Denmark where this show is made, teens can buy beer and wine at 16, and hard liquor at 18. Still, at parties, teens in high school are seen drinking shots of hard liquor; one character says after taking one that she "needs more." A character vomits and then kisses his girlfriend; she pushes him off and says he "smells like puke," he says he just vomited, but he "can drink more" and does just that. One character takes prescription medication for an unnamed psychological condition and asks her therapist to "up" her dose. A character is rewarded for silence with drink tickets to a fair; an adult tells her she and her friends can "drink free all night." Later, we see that character take four shots of liquor, and then guzzling from the bottle thereafter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series was made in Denmark, and has content that is atypical for teen series made in the United States, including drinking, with many scenes set at parties and gatherings featuring teens drinking shots of hard liquor. Characters get drunk, are open with parents about being drunk, make mistakes when they're drink, vomit, and otherwise embarrass themselves. Sexual content is infrequent but frank, like when a teen character asks his girlfriend matter-of-factly if they can have sex (she says she's not in the mood "right now"). There's kissing, and references to "boning" and girlfriends and boyfriends. Characters are frequently in danger, from both a conspiracy and otherworldly forces. Violence is infrequent, but can be intense, like in one scene in which a shadowy figure breaks an animal's neck by twisting it around. Language includes "f--k" as well as "g--damn" and "ass." A diverse group of teens work together to solve a mystery, sending messages of courage and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
Nicely combining a teen drama with spooky space secrets and a Scooby Doo-esque "gang solves a mystery" setup, this Danish import has fresh appeal and intriguing riddles. With her realistic scowls and hard-headed curiosity, Emma makes a main character who's easy to relate to and one viewers will want to follow. Privy to information that she and her detective posse aren't, we know that there's a conspiracy going on in Middlebo, and one the adults are in on; in an early scene, we even learn that a signal has emanated from space, with an answer beaming out from the town itself. Just what's going on in this sleepy Danish town?
Viewers will want to watch to find out, but the interpersonal drama has equal appeal as the somewhat solitary Emma makes a firm friend in Marie (Andrea Heick Gadeberg), another town outcast and the only other female member of the teen investigation gaggle. Watching them bond, and then feed off each other's strengths as the town's mystery heats up is a potent pleasure, and though the action is somewhat slow (impatient watchers will bridle against the many scenes with more mood than plot developments), Chosen is both deliberate and atmospheric, an unusual entry into the teen-mystery genre that will appeal to viewers patient enough to let things unfold.
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