A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dimension 404 is a Twilight Zone-style science fiction anthology series. Each episode has a different cast and concept, all of which are creative but some of which are more mature than others. Some installments contain lots of bloody injuries and frightening, gory images thanks to beatings, stabbings, and other violent encounters. The show also contains innuendo, drinking, and cursing, the amounts of which vary among episodes. There's lots of teen appeal, especially for sci-fi buffs, but it's not intended for younger viewers.
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What's the story?
Narrated by Mark Hamill, DIMENSION 404 is a science fiction anthology series that takes place in an alternate reality. Each self-contained episode stars a cast of actors such as Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Patton Oswalt, and Joel McHale living in a world where technology is pushing society in unexpected directions. From dating apps that lead to bizarrely perfect matches to cartoon heroes that come to life, the series highlights the highs and lows of living in the Digital Age and how relying on technology can lead to unexpected consequences.
Is it any good?
This entertaining science fiction anthology combines drama, comedy, and horror to explore a world where digital technology both helps and hinders our ability to socially interact, find true love, and make the most of life. The imaginative plots and narrative twists and turns are reminiscent of thought-provoking series such as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone and are certainly just as fun.
There are some episodes that will get viewers thinking, but the show isn't too highbrow, keeping the sci-fi elements light as it explores future dystopias. Thanks to good writing, high-end production elements, and creative storylines, Dimension 404 offers a very compelling viewing experience for those old enough to handle it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about our use of digital technology and how it's portrayed in Dimension 404. What role does social media play in our daily lives? How much do we on rely on gadgets such as cell phones, tablets, and other media technology to learn,work, and play? Is there such a thing as using digital technology too much?
Some of the scenarios in Dimension 404 poses may seem far-fetched, but can these events potentially happen in the future? What lessons, if any, are we supposed to take away from the stories presented here?
For kids who love sci-fi
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