Hunter Street

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Family-centric adventure series has humor, heart.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Kids see siblings working together and for the most part getting along. Though the Hunters' situation isn't traditional (all the kids are foster children), the fact that they're a family is never in question, and the kids refer to their parents' other relatives with familial terms such as "aunt" and "grandmother." Some adults prey on the kids' naïveté to discover the secrets they uncover, so true motivations can be murky. The scenario in which the kids hide their parents' disappearance and fend for themselves is unlikely but reflects their shared desire to stay together. There's diversity among the cast.

Positive role models & representations

Adults sometimes come across as manipulative and sneaky at the kids' expense, but the Hunter crew is clever, inventive, and undeterred in their quest to find their parents.

Violence & scariness

No violence, but some brief scares as the kids follow clues to discover their parents' whereabouts, encountering both ghosts and humans who are out to interfere.

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

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.

User Reviews

Educator Written byC C. March 30, 2017

National Treasure meets Goonies

My kids (ages 6-10) and I love this show. We watch it together and talk about it after, what we think might happen, who's who, etc. It is educational and f... Continue reading
Parent Written byPatricia L. April 7, 2017

Like it as much as my kids do!

It is nice to find a story that we enjoy as much as our kids do! My kids love the suspense and it is a show we can watch together.
Kid, 11 years old April 3, 2017

Very good show

Hunter Street is in my opinion a very good show. It is about 5 foster kids who are trying to find there missing parents. The show get a little tense and scary b... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 2, 2017

Best show ever!!!

This show is amazing!!! I love it so much it is the best show ever!!! Awesome!!

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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