Eureka

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Intriguing drama puts science in the spotlight.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The overall implication is that science can be pretty cool if used correctly. Alternately, the show reveals that terrible things can happen when the wrong elements come together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eureka's brainy residents are brilliant, but their scientific knowledge occasionally produces negative results. (The show also has its share of "bad guys.") The main teen character starts off brooding, surly, and rebellious, but she undergoes a significant change over the course of the series. The sheriff's number-one priority is keeping the town and his daughter safe.

Violence

The town experiences several instances of strange, bloodless violence -- including a cop who loses his leg, a cow who loses half its backside, and lots of explosions. One character murders another by poisoning her cup of tea.

Sex

Adult characters engage in some sexually charged innuendo, and sex is sometimes used as a weapon. Flashes of skin also pop up occasionally, including shots of women's cleavage and men's naked torsos.

Language

Relatively mild: "bitch," "bastard," 'hell," "suck," and the implication of "motherf---er" (a character is cut off before he can finish the word).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series starts out with a few eyebrow-raisers -- including a brooding teenage girl with a nose ring and a potty mouth -- but it quickly morphs into something that's actually OK for family viewing, within reason. While it's not meant for young kids, the show is fine for older teens, who will likely connect with the hellion described above, and might encourage them to give science a second look.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 11, and 13-year-old Written byMike Weston July 26, 2011

Not a science lesson, but also not a waste of time

It's a decent, turn-off-your-brain entertainment for young adults and their families. The only thing that keeps it from being a good-for-all-ages show is... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written byclcfh May 8, 2011

Choose a few scenes, but save the show for when they're older

There are some great nuggets in this show, but it's not for kids. The sexy stuff is my biggest concern. I do, however, occasionally choose a scene for my... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 16, 2018

Funny! Geekiness!

This show is great! I watched it all the way through with my mother and it always was appropriate and charming. Instead of a classic stabbing or bank robbery, t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLeadBullet999 August 26, 2017

I honestly don't understand why the show was cancelled.

I'm currently on season 3, and find this show AMAZING! The story is well built, and each character is built in a way you feel you're inside the show.... Continue reading

What's the story?

There's a big secret in the small town of EUREKA, a picturesque place in the Pacific Northwest where kids idolize Archimedes, blow prism-shaped soap bubbles, and go to the Museum of Theoretical Physics for fun. The secret is big enough to convince Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), a perceptive U.S. marshal who's passing through town with his delinquent daughter (Jordan Hinson) in tow, to stay a while and get to the bottom of it. Eureka's oddball citizens include a deputy with a chip on her shoulder (Erica Cerra), a leggy government liaison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a dogcatcher with unconventional tactics (Matt Frewer), and a B&B owner who dabbles in psychiatry (Debrah Farentino). There's also the matter of a secret government think tank, where the world's most brilliant minds (headed by Greg Germann) are always at work.

Is it any good?

As a dramatic series, Eureka works well by teasing out a series of plot twists and turns that are bound to keep sci-fi fans interested -- and the special effects are, well, downright effective. There's also a lot to be said for the show's message, which subtly sexes up science and shows the wonderful -- and terrible -- things that can happen when the right elements come together.

Eureka's plot and characters are both titillating and interesting, and Ferguson, especially, proves a likeable and charming lead. The fact that the show isn't entirely appropriate for young children shouldn't discourage parents from watching along with their teens -- it's just another case of exercising caution.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the oddities seen in the town of Eureka could actually happen in real life -- and if you're not sure, it's the perfect excuse to look it up. What exactly is quantum physics, anyway? And are top-secret, government-funded science programs merely the stuff of fiction, or is the show's plot partially based on fact? The sometimes-tumultuous father-daughter relationship between two prominent characters could also serve as a springboard for conversations about marriage, divorce, and the challenges of co-parenting.

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