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Parents' Guide to

Fantasy Island (1978)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dream-fulfilling show has sexy stuff, stereotypes, drinking.

TV ABC Drama 1978
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This fun, classic series features an eclectic cast of characters trying to fulfill their desires by participating in fantastical, but contrived, adventures. From a roller derby skater wanting to become a refined lady to a date with the one that got away, each guest experience feels like a social experiment ultimately designed by Mr. Roarke to serve as a life lesson. These stories are often far-fetched and ridiculous, but they also touch on universal themes that remain relevant today, including the human desire for intimacy, acceptance, wealth, and vengeance.

It's hard not to feel like you're in a time warp when watching Fantasy Island, thanks to the fashions, outmoded production values, and continual guest appearances of popular (and much younger looking) celebrities of the time. Meanwhile, some of the content, including the caricature-like representations of Pacific Islanders and little people (including Tattoo's shouts about seeing "de plane") can be interpreted as stereotypical and insensitive according to contemporary social and cultural standards. But the series still remains a fixture in American popular culture, and continues to entertain audiences who loved it back in the day.

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