Parents' Guide to

Hidden Palms

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Poor little rich boy stumbles on town secrets.

TV CW Drama 2007
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HIDDEN PALMS focuses on teens who are burdened by shallow parents and personal demons. For example, there's beautiful-but-troubled girl next door Greta (Amber Heard) and Johnny's new best friend, Cliff (Michael Cassidy), who at first seems perfectly normal -- if a little cynical and mysterious -- but viewers soon find out he's cruel to animals, which can only mean he's evil altogether.

A mix between the over-intellectualized Dawson's Creek and the over-sexualized O.C., Hidden Palms piques viewers' curiosity, but it feels a bit structurally schizophrenic. Is it a teen soap opera? A dark mystery? A tale of redemption? And is Johnny an innocent do-gooder with a temporary lapse of judgment, or is something darker and more complex going on behind those sultry eyes?

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