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Eureka

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Intriguing drama puts science in the spotlight.
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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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.

TV details

Cast:Colin Ferguson, Greg Germann, Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Network:Syfy
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byVTXbikerchic05 July 16, 2010

not for my family but maybe for others

i hate eureka, it appalled me the first episode i tried to watch with the family and it showed a chick on the bed wearing black almost see through bra and underwear and i said "CLICK" and turned it off. that is not something i want to see being a woman let along my kids to see it..
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byJetlag April 9, 2008

Good

I really find this entertaining. I enjoy the idea that there's a secret town of highly intellegent people out there trying inventing wonderful, new things!
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 its propensity for sexual innuendo. It's unnecessary to have it in the show, but almost every episode has some allusion or other to sex. Some may call me a prude, but I don't think that children NEED to have sex thrown in their face every time they turn on the television; especially when it is between unmarried people. On the UP side, the show does discuss a variety of REAL scientific theories, discoveries, and concepts. Don't expect that you'll get SMARTER by watching Eureka, but at least you won't regret wasting an hour of your life watching it.
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Too much sex

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