Parents' Guide to

Happy Town

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark drama is intriguing -- but too intense for most kids.

TV ABC Drama 2010
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Don't let the perky title fool you; Happy Town is a pretty miserable place. But the show itself is excellent, blessed with a well-casted ensemble of talented actors and clever plot twists that seem to drop at precisely the right moment. Just when you think you know the landscape and its inhabitants, something happens that changes everything -- and keeps you coming back.

Of course, Happy Town could prove too dreary for some. But for others, it could be another Twin Peaks, a darkly intriguing drama that's built around an ongoing mystery designed to develop and deepen over time. Twin Peaks was critically acclaimed and had people talking for years, yet it only lasted for two seasons before audiences tired of it. Based on that, a happy ending for Happy Town is hardly guaranteed.

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