A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are plenty of sinister characters and others whose true intentions are undetermined. Teen characters often play mean-spirited tricks or otherwise torment each other, with the only consequence being eventual revenge by the original victim.
Violence & Scariness
Intensity varies greatly depending on each episode's story, but violence has included animal bites, fistfights, and implications of murder. There's always the possibility of some blood and gore and weapons like knives. Suspense and other scary/creepy content are central to the series.
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Some name-calling, but no cursing.
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The show is based on a popular series of books, so it might increase fans' interest in reading the original stories -- which may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Goosebumps is a tween-and-teen-targeted horror anthology series is based on R.L. Stine's popular books of the same name. Everything you'd expect from "regular" horror shows (sinister characters, creepy creatures, and spine-tingling suspense) is here -- just on a milder level. Each episode tells a different story; some have included things like plants that entrap passersby and people who transform into monsters. The unpredictability of the storylines, the young characters' frequent anti-social behavior, and the hazy line between fantasy and reality make this show iffy for kids.
Is It Any Good?
The tales run the gamut from creepy to spooky to just plain weird. Curses, mysticism, and paranormal activity are the norm here, and the ever-changing plot makes content difficult to predict. Each story aims to scare its viewers, and heart-pounding suspense is around every corner. In addition, many of the young characters terrorize and play mean jokes on each other, and plots often center on one person seeking revenge on another.
While the books are popular among 8- to 10-year-olds, the scary visuals make Goosebumps iffy for tweens, and parents will likely want to give each episode a once-over before giving sensitive young viewers the OK. And while teens can probably handle the scares, they may be turned off by the dated, low-budget film style and overacting that often plagues horror films of all levels.
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