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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Complex drama blends action, mystery, questions about fate.

TV ABC Drama 2009
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+

Grown-ups only!

I've been watching this on Roku AFTER my 15 year old goes to bed. My husband typically passes through the room mumbling about "your creepy show." This is NOT for kids--realistic violence, some sexual scenes, and a realistic portrayal of alcoholism, plus the "creepy" premise and tone, make this inappropriate for kids. However, the sci fi premise, story, and acting make this worthwhile. Joseph Fiennes (of Shakespeare in Love fame) and John Cho (Sulu in the most recent Star Trek movie) are terrific.
age 17+

Loved it, Until....

This show is crossing the line. Last week's episode included a sex scene I would expect to see on HBO, not ABC at 8pm. It's disappointing that people think it's okay to put stuff like that on television - and that people watch it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

In typical time-travel stories, someone visits the past or future and then returns to the present; in FlashForward, everyone stays in the present but gets a quick look at the future. The thought-provoking, two-pronged puzzle here is why this has happened, and whether these impending events are set in stone. Because not everyone likes what they see. Bedford, a recovering alcoholic, sees himself on a disturbing bender, while his wife Olivia (Sonya Walger) sees their marriage crumbling. And Bedford's partner, Demetri (John Cho), sees nothing at all -- could that mean he'll soon be dead?

The show plays a bit like the popular yet exceedingly more complex Lost, a series that plays fast and loose with the time-space continuum by stitching together events from individual characters' past and future. FlashForward stays mostly focused on the present but frequently cuts to the future as different characters recall memories from their own "sneak previews." The result is an entertaining mystery that also asks complex questions about fate and destiny.

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