Coastal Dreams

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, sexy, soapy online drama aimed at teens.

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Positive Messages

Typical soap opera behavior -- manipulation, melodrama, love triangles, etc. Characters tend to live materialistic lives, but both Stacey and Will are seen working, and Stacey has plans to attend law school. Most of the cast is Caucasian; Stacey is African-American, and there are some secondary Latino/a characters.

Violence

Zoe is stalked by a crazed ex-boyfriend who tried to kill her.

Sex

Heavy flirting, hugging, kissing, and strong sexual innuendo. Women in lacy underwear and bikinis. Love triangles are part of the overall storyline.

Language

Mostly on the mild side -- "damn," "hell," etc.

Consumerism

Expensive cars, homes and other luxuries visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Consumption of alcohol, including wine, is clearly visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this soap opera about a group of twentysomethings "airs" online at NBC.com (where the network promotes it right alongside broadcast shows) and includes interactive elements. Romance, love triangles, and strong sexual innuendo are major parts of the developing storyline, and the series hints at future violence involving a character's ex-boyfriend. Alcohol consumption is clearly visible, but language is clean for the most part.

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What's the story?

COASTAL DREAMS is an original online drama about a group of twentysomethings who are spending the summer together in the fictitious California beach town of Pacific Shores. Zoe (Danica Stewart) needed to escape her Texas hometown after ex-boyfriend Sebastian tried to kill her during their senior year of college. And her best friend, Stacey (Tanee McCall), wants to enjoy life while earning some money to pay for law school. So they move in with Zoe's cousin April (Kam Heskin), a former model and globe trotting businesswoman who inherited a fortune from her deceased father and lives in a luxurious beachfront house. The summer promises to be fun one, especially when they meet good-looking guys like April's caretaker/boyfriend Christian (Charlie Koznick) and Will (Ken Luckey), Pacific Shore's deputy sheriff. But things are far from relaxing when romantic sparks begin to fly -- and strange phone calls and text messages set the stage for eventful moments to come.

Is it any good?

Like other teen-targeted soaps, Coastal Dreams boasts a good-looking cast that isn't afraid to flaunt it. Shirtless men, bikini-wearing women, and skimpy lingerie play up the show's fun, sexy image. Meanwhile, Zoe's backstory paves the way for some suspense (and perhaps even violence).

The show also features interactive elements: Viewers can receive text messages, calls, and emails on their cell phones from the show's characters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the growing popularity of Internet-only "TV" shows. Do you think the trend is here to stay? Why? Are shows created for the Internet more creative than what's on broadcast and cable channels, or is it more of the same? What appeal do online shows have for viewers? In general, how are Internet series and regular TV shows similar and different? What do you like and not like about each? Is this a show that could only exist online, or is it just a regular TV show cut up into short bits?

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