Parents' Guide to

Deadtime Stories

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Horror anthology's lighter fright still scary for some kids.

TV Nickelodeon Drama 2013
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

TOO SCARY FOR SOME.... Watch with caution

My son (7) thought this show was tantalizingly scary the first time he saw it, but I had my doubts. This morning he woke up and was not happy as he'd had nightmares about one of the shows :( The episode had a little girl who ran out in front of a car and was killed. (this could have been a good message not to run out in front of cars!) Her ghost then came and haunted the friends. There was a creepy doll involved also.
age 9+

A little intense, but overall good scary stories

A little intense, but overall good scary stories.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

In the vein of Goosebumps, Deadtime Stories can be a good trial run on middle-of-the-road scares for tweens who have outgrown animated spooks but aren't ready for the heavier stuff. Violence is pretty much nonexistent, and the special effects are just immature enough that tweens will see through them, plus Stone's presence always keeps the tone lighthearted and humorous.

As with any anthological series with a consistently changing focus, it's important to check out the content of each episode before giving your kids the go-ahead. For some, the idea of giant animatronic bugs might be a thrill; for others, it's bound to induce some nightmares. Knowing your kid's particular sensitivities is a must if this kind of show is on her radar.

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