TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
X-Files meets Twin Peaks in unoriginal but fun show.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Things are not always what they appear in this X-Files-esque sci-fi show. The most innocent-looking people can harbor deep secrets and unusual abilities, and sometimes there are dark conspiracies at work.

Positive Role Models & Representations

FBI agent Audrey Parker is gutsy and tough and takes no guff from suspects -- or even arrogant coworkers. But she also has a vulnerable side, which comes out when she decides to investigate her own mysterious past.


People sometimes die under unusual circumstances. The bodies are shown on screen, though only briefly. Law enforcement agents carry, and sometimes draw, handguns, but rarely use them.


Some flirting. Female characters occasionally are shown in their underwear.


Mild swearing, including “butt” and “ass.”

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi series based on Stephen King's novella The Colorado Kid is eerie and full of supernatural mystery, but not particularly violent. Law enforcement agents do carry and sometimes draw their guns, but they rarely use them. And characters die under mysterious circumstances, but their bodies are shown only briefly. Sex and swearing are mild ("ass" is about as strong as the language gets), and drinking and drug use aren't at issue. The main character is a gutsy female role model.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14-year-old Written bySim001 July 20, 2015

Reviews of series need to be updated

This is a good series, and it would be OK for teens if it were not for the improper sexual content that was introduced after a few episodes... Apparently the r... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlwaysNikki43 February 17, 2019

I love Haven !!

If you like shows that keep you guessing what will happen next this is your show . I wish they would of had season 6 that would of been a nice way to end the sh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bythisperson May 19, 2020

Pretty good show

I watch this show with my 9 year old brother, and he is fine. There is violence and some implied sex, but nothing is shown. It really depends on your kid, how m... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKekelove December 29, 2019

Good show

It’s a really good show you have nothing to worry about just read the show’s description before deciding to watch it with younger children like 10 and below

What's the story?

FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) is sent to HAVEN, Maine, to investigate a mysterious death; once there, she uncovers even more mysteries. Strange things happen in this seemingly peaceful fishing town -- things that appear to violate the laws of nature and physics. And there’s more: Parker, an orphan, finds that a local legend about an unsolved killing years earlier may be a clue to her own background.

Is it any good?

There’s little original in this X-Files-esque show about a hotshot agent who finds herself immersed in strange events that defy explanation and is determined to get to the bottom of things. It’s a tried-and-true formula, but it’s so common because it usually works. The dialogue is snappy, and Parker has an easy chemistry with both Nathan (Lucas Bryant), the local cop she teams up with, and Duke (Eric Balfour), Haven’s surprisingly urbane ne’er-do-well.

But this kind of show lives and dies not by the acting, but by the plot -- and that means the writers could face a tough task coming up with more and more mysteries in this small town. In The X-Files, the agents could travel the world to investigate weirdness, but Haven's structure means that Parker is stuck in Haven. The whole point of a show like Haven is the barely believable mysteries, so limiting it to a single small town could make it hard for the show to stay within the realm of even semi-plausibility.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the supernatural. Do you think the mysterious things that happen in Haven could happen in real life? Do you think there are hidden forces at work?

  • Why do you think there are so many shows about people investigating unexplainable supernatural events? Do viewers want to believe in the supernatural?

  • What's scarier -- violent scenes or eerie ones? Why?

TV details

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For kids who love sci-fi

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