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 Freakish is a horror series that combines high school drama and zombie gore. It contains high school spats and mild innuendo, but this is eclipsed by the violence and bloody, flesh-eating moments. Cursing includes "s--t." Teens who watch a lot of online shows will be drawn to the cast of YouTube celebs, and horror fans will appreciate the story. But it's a bit much for folks sensitive to this kind of content.
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What's the story?
FREAKISH is a Hulu horror series about what happens when a group of students is trapped in their high school after a containment breach at the nearby chemical plant. When a group of students including Violet (Liza Koshy), Grover (Leo Howard), and Lyle (Alex Ozerov) are stuck in Saturday detention with Coach (Chad L. Coleman), they expect it to be a long, boring day cleaning the grounds. But an accident at the plant forces them inside the school building along with other students (played by actors including Melvin Gregg, Meghan Rinks, Adam Hicks, Hayes Grier, and Tyler Chase). While some hunker down, others choose to brave the contamination zone. They soon realize that whatever's in the air is causing people to freakishly mutate, putting them all into horrible danger.
Is it any good?
This engaging series adapts the high school detention scenario in The Breakfast Club to capture the angst of teen dramas such as Degrassi and the horror of The Walking Dead's blood-sucking zombies. Each 30-minute installment is just long enough to hone in on personal drama while creating the tension necessary to increase the shock factor of some predictable -- but no less grisly -- moments.
Teens will appreciate the many popular Disney and YouTube celebs that make their appearances in this solid, entertaining tale, but if they're sensitive to blood and gore, they might want to avoid Freakish (or at least be ready to cover their eyes).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why horror films and TV shows such as Freakish are popular. Did you know that horror films have existed for more than 100 years? What do you find scary? Do your parents find the same things scary?
Horror films and TV can play on people's primal fears. Does Freakish succeed in doing this? If so, how?