Home Before Dark

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Kid lead is fabulous in intense mystery for tweens and up.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

Awesome for my 12 and 15yo

I'm annoyed with professional reviewers who give this series a poor review because they don't know how to categorize it. Yeah, it doesn't seem like it's *quite* for adults alone because it has a child lead and because it avoids sex and gore. And it's darker and way less cheesy than standard "family programming," of which my kids have mostly grown out of. (We tried a different kids' series last night that has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and found it unwatchable... just too cheesy and condescending for my 12 and 15yo). Home Before Dark refuses to talk down to its audience, offering complex characters, good acting, a twisty plot, and an awesome soundtrack. We all loved it, and as a parent I'd love to see more programming like this.

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age 8+

Great Family Show

I watched this show with my 8 year old daughter, and she loved it. The first episode was a bit slow and took her a bit to get into, but she was hooked by the second. We watched the whole season in a week and can't wait for the next one to come out! There were some scenes that were really hard for her (like when one sister yells at another) but it also started an interesting chat about what it's like to feel bullied. We also had to explain some bits as it's hard for kids to really understand the flashbacks and why the adults are all kids in them.

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