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 Hunter Street is a kid-friendly adventure series about five foster siblings' efforts to locate their parents after they disappear. Inspired by a Dutch show and set in Amsterdam, it deals with ghosts, family mysteries, and meddlesome distant relatives. There's a lot of humor surrounding the kids' attempts to go it alone at home, and even moments like a visit to a cemetery and an encounter with a haunting spirit are more funny than scary. What really stands out in this worry-free story is the characters' unique family structure, which impresses upon viewers that family is about emotional bonds, not strictly biological ones.
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What's the story?
HUNTER STREET tells the story of the Hunter siblings -- Daniel (Thomas Jansen), Tess (MaeMae Renfrow), Max (Stony Blyden), Anika (Kyra Smith), and Sal (Daan Creyghton) -- who are on a quest to solve the disappearance of their foster parents. As clues unfold and lead them to surprising places in and around their Amsterdam home, the kids discover the surprising history of their family. At the same time, they must band together to keep their predicament a secret, especially from distant relatives with designs on the family inheritance.
Is it any good?
This comic adventure series is mostly unremarkable, save for recurring family-centric themes that stand out in the characters' relationships with each other. They may not be biological siblings, but the Hunter kids (and their absentee parents) are no less a family because of it, presenting their version of a nontraditional unit in positive terms. On many occasions the kids' claim to their Hunter heritage is questioned by biological descendants of the name, and they're forced to assert themselves as "true Hunters" by loyalty.
With ghosts, family mysteries, and villains who are only mildly threatening, Hunter Street is a safe pick for kids who want a more "grown-up" series than cartoons offer. Many moments are funny, and those that are suspenseful rarely feel dangerous. On the whole, this unique family adventure is a pleasant choice for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sibling relationships in Hunter Street. Do the Hunter siblings always get along? In your experience, is their impression of life as brothers and sisters realistic? What are the benefits of having siblings?
How does learning about the Hunter family help the kids feel more settled as "true Hunters"? How would you define family? Is there such a thing as a traditional family structure?
What aspects of your life can you handle independent of your parents? What is the value of taking responsibility for yourself?
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