A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show takes the concept of learning from your mistakes to a new level by giving Becca the chance to change her future by reliving her past. In some cases, she makes wise adjustments; in others, she learns that life is never perfect, no matter how hard you try to make it so. It's an empowering message that suggests the value in taking calculated risks in life. On the other hand, there are times when her knowledge of the future makes her take selfish risks that hurt other people.
Positive Role Models
Becca makes a concerted effort to improve her situation with lessons she's learned the hard way, and she even advises those she cares about to steer them away from pitfalls she's witnessed.
Violence & Scariness
Rarely, a punch is thrown in a fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples make out on the bed and talk about having sex. Women are shown in bras, men in boxers. The desire for sex and the quality of said encounters are topics of conversation, particularly between female friends.
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"Hell" and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is common, and smoking is more socially acceptable in this '90s setting than it is today, so you'll see it done indoors as well as outdoors. One character experiments with drugs, and there's mention of his overdose in the future.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hindsight is a time-warp drama that drops a mid-life woman back in her 20s, in the '90s, and facing the rest of her life with some firsthand knowledge of how her decisions affected the course of it the first time around. There's talk of sex and some physical contact to navigate, mostly in the context of couples making out in bed, and partial nudity with women in bras and men in boxers and bare-chested. Language is minimal ("hell" and "bitch" at times) and some behavior that seems odd by modern perspective but was the norm in the '90s (such as smoking in public establishments). One character gets high fairly regularly, and there's mention that the problem escalates to an overdose in the future. That said, the show is a fun watch for teens and adults alike, and its message about taking risks, embracing life, and making the best of a situation are good for any viewer.
Is It Any Good?
Time manipulation is a popular plot point for good reason: If given the chance, who wouldn't want to guide their younger selves to a more fulfilling, successful future? Certainly that's the opportunity Becca sees, and rather than fear the consequences of using her future knowledge to improve her past, she uses all her resources to do so. What's more, she also breaks the cardinal rule of time travel and lets Lolly in on some of what her actions reap in the future, with mixed results. The show doesn't think too hard about the whole time-continuum thing, so it's easy and relaxing to watch, and it reminds viewers that replaying your past (whether in theory or in practice) isn't necessarily the key to happiness, as it may cast doubt on every decision you make.
What's really fun about Hindsight is the blast from the past that ecca's trip to 1995 inspires. It doesn't overdo the nostalgic effect but keeps it low-key with pop-culture references and music that sets the scene more naturally. Still, it's fun for those who navigated the iconic decade themselves but not so overwhelming that teens who watch will feel like they're missing something.
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