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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages around doing the right thing, standing up to bullies and villains, and being courageous even when you're afraid.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are good role models- they are good friends, help other people, stand up to bullies, and are very brave. There is a bully named Antonio, but his actions are presented as clearly wrong and other kids stand up to him. Older brother Martín has some negative teenager attitude but he eventually does the right thing.
The series is produced in Mexico and features Spanish-speaking actors with a variety of skin tones from a variety of countries (like Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Columbia). There is diversity in body types and ages of main characters. One character has neurodiverse characteristics (though her identity is not specified) and is invited to be friends by neurotypical kids. Boys and girls have some counterstereoypical characteristics, like emotionally vulnerable boys and brave, take-charge girls.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of action throughout, including scenes where kids are in danger (though they never seem like they're in immediate peril). Some scenes are suspenseful with music, ominous scenery, and creatures like monsters and dinosaurs. Children are adventuring alone without adults at times, and there are some adult characters that are trying to thwart the kids. There is occasional verbal hostility including mild insults and threats, as well as occasional pushing and shoving and some bully-type behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some teenage flirting not central to the plot.
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Some insults and put downs like "stupid," "loser," "idiot," "jerk," and "coward." Some characters (the main adult villain, a kid bully) make verbal threats towards others.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Journey to the Center of the Earth is a sci-fi TV series loosely based on Jules Verne's 1865 sci-fi novel (and not at all related to the 2008 movie of the same name). Produced in Mexico under the title Viaje al centro de la Tierra, the dialogue is originally in Spanish but dubbed with English voiceovers. There's lots of action and adventure, including scenes where kids are in danger (though they never seem like they're in immediate peril). There is occasional verbal hostility including mild insults and threats, as well as occasional pushing and shoving and some bully-type behaviors. Language-wise, there's no actual cursing but there are some insults and put downs like "stupid," "loser," "idiot," "jerk," and "coward." The main adult villain and a kid bully make verbal threats towards others. Overall, Journey is a pretty tame family-friendly adventure series.
Is It Any Good?
This adventure series has a fun premise and charming kid characters. Kid viewers will like watching regular kids step up and bravely go on an adventure. They'll also like the imaginative worlds inside the center of the earth (including fantastical creatures including dinosaurs). The story is fairly predictable and the special effects are a bit lackluster, so adults may be less charmed by the series. For kids who like sci-fi and a dose of relatively tame adventure, Journey is a fun watch.
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