A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry reinforces the idea that people can communicate with the dead. Psychic readings lead to conversations about difficult or violent deaths, infidelity, addiction, relationship problems, and other mature themes. There’s some occasional strong language ("crap," "damn”). It’s also a promotional vehicle for Tyler Henry's services.
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What's the story?
HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM WITH TYLER HENRY stars Tyler Henry, a 20-year-old medium to the stars. Since this small town hospice nursing student was getting lots of phone calls from celebrities asking for readings, he's moved to Los Angeles and works as a full-time psychic to better serve his ever-growing list of clients. With the help of his assistant, who books appointments without telling him who the clients are to avoid bias, and his mother, who drives him to each session because he doesn't have a driver's license, he offers clients interpretations of the images he gets from the beyond. From actors such as Jaime Pressly and Tom Arnold to reality-show personalities such as Snooki and NeNe Leakes, Henry tries his best to help them receive messages from their loved ones so they can find peace.
Is it any good?
This guilty-pleasure series features some emotionally compelling moments as Henry taps into celebrities’ private and intimate connections with loved ones. As he explains how the process works and interprets the images shown to him during each session, he does so with a gentleness that appears both genuine and empathetic, especially when his readings conjure up memories of sad and difficult moments.
The medium's youth and easygoing demeanor make him very likable. But despite claims of being pop-culture-illiterate and unable to recognize celebrities, it's hard to believe that Tyler hasn’t read, heard, or seen some of the information he reveals to them in the tabloids. Meanwhile, many of his clients are a bit too quick to fill the gaps between the few random details he shares during a reading. Nonetheless, even if you’re a skeptic, the show is pretty entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about mediums. What is the difference between a psychic and a clairvoyant? Do you think it's really possible for them to communicate with people who have passed away? Why, or why not?
How have films and TV shows portrayed mediums over the years? What kinds of stereotypes are perpetuated about them as a result?
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