A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The fact that danger seems to lurk everywhere doesn't stop a young woman from putting herself in harm's way to catch a serial killer, often without backup or police assistance. It's not clear who's trustworthy and who isn't. Online dating poses a real safety threat, but the good guys also use similar cyberstalking techniques to solve the crime. A woman's devotion to her missing sister helps her face danger to find her.
Positive Role Models
Lindy is smart and unwavering in her determination to stop the killer before he hurts someone else, even though it puts her in danger time and again. Her friends are supportive to varying degrees; some take a similar stance on the threats, whereas others are more fearful of the dangers that associating with her poses. In many cases, characters' true intentions aren't easily determined.
Violence & Scariness
Murder shown in gruesome detail as victims' throats are slit and they bleed out. Crime photos show corpses in various stages of mutilation; eyes are gouged out, fingers cut off, and breast implants removed and placed in the victim's hand. Kidnapping victims are tortured. Lots of suspense and characters in perilous situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting and some kissing, including scenes with a guy's shirt off.
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"Damn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer, and some are shown doing drugs in the form of pills. Drugs also are used to affect a person's behavior, as when someone slips one into Lindy's drink before kidnapping her.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eye Candy is a tense, gruesome, and disturbing drama based on R.L. Stine's book of the same name. There are numerous scenes of graphic murders and photos of mutilated bodies, and a creepy voice-over suggests that main character Lindy is always being stalked and toyed with by a killer. She sidesteps authorities to run her own investigation of a murderer, even when she's meant to be working alongside the police, and her life is constantly in danger because of it. It's posited that the killer scouts victims from an online dating site, and Lindy also uses technology to stalk suspects, so there are many openings to discuss online safety with your teens.
Is It Any Good?
Eye Candy is based on R.L. Stine's book of the same name. As crime dramas go, it's fairly juvenile content-wise, which makes sense given that its target audience is MTV-watching teens. It also tends to gloss over the potential pitfalls of a 21-year-old woman exacting justice for an accomplished serial killer on her own terms and without any regard for her own safety. Granted, the cops' eventual involvement offers a secondary level of security, but, even in that case, Lindy often calls the shots.
Contrived though it is, Justice plays her part well, and there are endless plot twists that will appeal to teens. There's also the requisite budding heroine love story to keep them coming back even if the murder-mystery story line doesn't hook them right away. If your teens watch, be sure to use the opportunity to talk about online safety (or the lack thereof), since that's an overarching theme throughout the show. In a world where our lives are virtual open books, Eye Candy touches on some of the ways sharing information can pose dangers, a message that can't be illustrated too often to today's tech-savvy teens.
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