Parents' Guide to

Dear Edward

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Glossy, intimate survival tale has language, scary premise.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2023
Dear Edward TV show: Two White women and a White boy are shown looking thoughtful.

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Taking sadness to the verge of misery, this show pokes at the underbelly of grief in a way that can sometimes feel voyeuristic. Pouring syrupy sentiment over already emotionally loaded content, the soundtrack tends to bury flashbacks and montages that could soar if left alone. But there are moments of connection and triumph in Dear Edward, and characters whose stories develop serve to intrigue.

Based on a true story about a boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash, this show is based on producer Ann Napolitano's book. Showrunner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) brings veteran dramatic chops to the series. Parents and older teens can enjoy this together. Traumatic scenes could be triggering to sensitive viewers.

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