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 this beach drama shows lots of flesh and includes some sexual activity, minor violence, drug use, and drug dealing. The series deals primarily with relationship ups and downs, including a love triangle and a strained marriage. The show takes a generally moral attitude toward bad behavior, including showing negative consequences of drug use.
What's the story?
This young-adult soap opera (a Canadian import) follows the summer exploits of vacationers and locals in the fictional New England town of FALCON BEACH. The action centers on the love triangle between hunky local wakeboarder Jason Tanner (Steve Byers), his former girlfriend (Devon Weigel as Tanya Sheddon, a model recently returned from Europe with a nasty drug habit), and a snobby vacationer (Jennifer Kydd as Paige Bradshaw) with a vulnerable side. Jason's sidekick, Danny Ellis (Ephraim Ellis) is shorter, darker, and softer than Jason -- a sweet guy who's just too nice to date. Of course he has a crush on vacationing lifeguard Erin Haddad (Melissa Elias), who adds the only color to the cast (she's Lebanese). When relationship drama isn't at the forefront, the characters play beach volleyball, drink beer at beach bonfires, argue with meddlesome parents, and sing karaoke.
Is it any good?
While the show has moments of charm, it mostly comes off like The O.C.'s poor country cousin. The cast is a little less beautiful, the dialogue is painfully bad, and the storyline is predictable. Add in the corny music, and Falcon Beach becomes a complete waste of time.
While the issue of class is clearly an undercurrent in the town of Falcon Beach, the show itself rarely acknowledges the subject. Race also goes unmentioned. Unfortunately, everything on Falcon Beach is on the surface, and the surface -- as tanned and shiny as it is -- isn't that pretty.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dating and relationships. What makes someone attractive? Why do people sometimes fall for those with unappealing characteristics -- snobs, drug addicts, egomaniacs, etc.? What does who you choose to date say about you? Also, how realistic is this scenario?