Parents' Guide to

Creeped Out

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Creepy anthology series has positive messages, fun frights.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 14+

This is WAY too unsettling to be for 8 year olds. (I am a kid, but this got posted in the parents section.)

This is why you never trust common sense media with age ratings. I watched it with my parents, and I was TRAUMATISED. There are body stealing monsters in the show, faceless children and disturbing masks, creepy images, such as children turning to stone. One of the most concerning things I saw was that a boy was turning into a troll, and horrific things were happening during the episode. I literally covered my eyes for most of this series. Seriously, there are too many horrors to list, that some kids are going to need comforting to calm down after that! How is this a show rated "for children"? Being exposed to this as an 8 year old can cause trauma and even psychological issues, such as recurrent nightmares. The characters look too unsettling for anyone under the teen years. What shocks me most is the reviews, someone even said it is appropriate for 5 year olds! Very concerning.
age 8+

NOT SCARY

If your kid is scared of this, they should not be watching anything except cartoons. My 8 yr old daughter loves this show and got me hooked on it. It's kind of like Twilight Zone for kids - it's NOT scary, more sci-fy. It's amazingly written. There is no blood, no murder. no sex, no swearing. There is creepiness however and there are complex storylines - it's a VERY good BAFTA award winning show but if you have a kid who is pretty innocent and not that mature, definitely not the right show for them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (86 ):

The only downside to this just-spooky-enough series is that the anthology format is unpredictable, which may bug sensitive viewers. A kid might be a-okay with a story about a mean babysitter, only to flip out at a different episode about zombie-like campers. Previewing the episode descriptions or watching alongside your kiddos may be a good idea if you suspect this may be an issue for them. Still, Creeped Out is a solid choice for school-age fans of the supernatural, and makes a great introduction to horror and science fiction for kids too young for the really spooky stuff.

One of the best aspects of the series is the way it combines the dread-filled mood of a campfire tale with thought-provoking messages, and it's all done in a way kids can easily relate to. The first episode centers on an insecure girl named Kim who longs to be popular and is obsessed with being online. When she buys a supposedly "unbreakable" smartphone from an infomercial, it learns everything about her, and soon takes over her social media accounts, causing a huge spike in her popularity among classmates. Too bad the phone is also a controlling, sentient creep -- shades of the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey -- who wants to be Kim's "boyfriend" and threatens to ruin her life if she doesn't do everything he says. Themes like this inspire kids to look at the world around them in a critical way, which sets the show a notch above similar offerings which are more about jump scares and gross-outs.

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