A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see that looks can be deceiving, and that it's always better to learn the truth about a person or a strange situation than to judge it on its appearance alone. Of course, Marshall's investigations often turn up strange truths that lead to even more questions, but at least he diffuses his initial fear by yielding to his curiosity and compiling facts through investigation. Rarely the show touches on serious issues like death or homelessness.
Positive Role Models
Marshall's desire to uncover the truth leads him into some sketchy predicaments, all of which he tackles without his parents' knowledge or permission. In the real world, this would be a problem, but things always work out in this lighthearted show. Aside from disregarding all of his suspicions about the town, his parents are very involved in his life, and he often turns to them for guidance.
Violence & Scariness
The show deals more in the bizarre and mysterious than in truly frightening stories, but a good portion of each episode builds the pretense that something sinister is going on. Some themes are worrisome in theory (a pack of dogs plotting to take over the town, or a ghost haunting a local building), but the show's light tone makes it hard to take these suggestion seriously. There is mention of death (and, in a couple of case, the characters fear for their lives). Occasionally there's some physical contact like slapping or pushing between characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting between teens.
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Very rarely "hell," plus playground talk like "shut up" among kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eerie, Indiana is a '90s series about a teen who investigates strange happenings in his new hometown. Although the stories often center on spooky scenarios (a haunted house, an alien in the neighborhood, etc.), few kids will find the content truly scary because of the show's jovial tone and the dated special effects. The teen protagonist always takes matters into his own hands when he suspects something's not right in his neighborhood, so it's a good idea to remind your kids what they should do if they ever feel something's amiss at school or in their community. Ultimately, this show's clean content, humorous undertones, and comical pop-culture references make it a great pick for families.
Is It Any Good?
Originally airing in the early '90s and comprising only 19 episodes, this series is easily overlooked amid more modern offerings, but it's actually a great pick for family entertainment. Although the title suggests some frightful content, these aren't the typical jump-out-of-your-skin kind of scares, nor are there any truly "bad" guys. Instead, they touch on urban legends like Bigfoot and aliens, or they cast suspicion on hallmarks of suburban life like Tupperware parties, all in a lighthearted context that's entertaining for a range of ages.
Because the subject matter changes with each episode and your kids' sensitivity to one topic might be a bigger concern than to another, you might want to preview them before sharing them with your younger kids. For older kids, though, Eerie, Indiana is a fun, off-the-beaten-path throwback that's so entertaining you'll want to take in with them. What's more, you'll both have fun comparing the '90s-style special effects to what CGI offers us today.
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