Parents' Guide to

Dead End: Paranormal Park

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun, spooky series features LGBTQ+ and racial diversity.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

A spooky show about mental health and accepting yourself and others as they are.

My 8 year old found this show and insisted I watch it. It's loveable, heartwarming, funny, and spooky. There are lots, and lots of puns. My child liked the jokes, the haunted house, and all the other spooky things on the show. I kept watching for the relationship between the characters, and the humor, and the scary stuff. This is a great show if you child likes horror but isnt old enough to watch really scary stuff yet. It's also filled with positive representations of all different kinds of people. When my 8 year old watched alone, some things went over his head. He recognized and identified the characters that struggle with anxiety because he also deals with anxiety. He also recognized that the main character Barney likes boys. When we watched together we had conversations about being nurodiverse, being transgender, and why some families always seem to enjoy each other's company while others may not trust each other. It's scary when you can't trust your parents and know they will support you. The best thing about the show is that every character is three dimensional. Their interior lives are just as interesting and the action in the story. As the characters deal with the scary things in the park, they also work through teir own personal fears and the scary things in their own lives. I really love this show. It's a very good show to have discussions about emotional regulation, managing your feelings, mental health, personal well being, and acceptance.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
6 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Scary: death, demons, possessing people.

This show is diverse and that’s great. It is also too scary for some children, especially ones who are younger or more sensitive. I was misled by posts here saying younger children loved the show. My son is 7 and was horrified by an episode where a girl dies and possesses different people’s bodies. Unless you want to field a lot of questions/fears about death and ghosts, you may want to steer clear of this one until your child is older.

This title has:

Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The show breaks ground in actually casting actors to portray characters from the same or similar backgrounds, including more racial diversity, and highlighting more LGBTQ+ talent. Barney, a trans teen, is one of the few openly trans characters in mainstream animation. As such, Barney is important for many viewers, but also represents just how far the industry has to go when it comes to representing the trans experience.

Dead End: Paranormal Park also makes it a point to showcase neurodivergence as a normal part of life. Indeed, in Norma's case, her neurodivergence is also portrayed as a benefit, since it helps her save her friends from a demon. By showing neurodivergence in this way, while also being true to the discomfort certain aspects of neurodivergence can cause, viewers are allowed to see mental health in a more nuanced, holistic way. Overall, Dead End: Paranormal Park is a fun, well-crafted show that brings so much more to animation than just a cool story.

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