A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some positive themes around staying true to yourself, navigating high school drama, and facing loss.
Positive Role Models
Varies from episode to episode, but largely the teenage protagonists are positive role models. Each story does have villains, but their actions are clearly presented as wrong.
Positive gender and race representations, but characters are somewhat narrowly depicted due to the show's anthology format.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of scares -- the psychological kind instead of the gory horror kind. Teenage characters are frequently scared and in peril, but the stories end relatively happily. No physical violence; definite verbal hostility and veiled threats made by characters, including adult characters who want to harm kids. There are some emotional themes that may be upsetting to kids, including a parent who has passed away and some coming-of-age conflicts with parents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Varies from episode to episode -- some have plots that revolve around crushes and girls wanting to be more attractive, where others have no romance whatsoever.
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No actual curse words but language intended to insult someone like "brat" or "shut your mouth." Also, thinly veiled threats and some verbal bullying.
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Products & Purchases
One episode has a t-shirt with "Goosebumps" image on it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Beyond is a spooky TV series based on the work of R.L. Stine. The anthology format means that each episode's story stands alone, and each episode varies in terms of content. Grown-ups may want to read each episode's description when deciding what is appropriate for your child. Overall, the show delivers a lot of psychological scares throughout. There are villains and some spooky monster-types that are intended to make tweens' spines tingle. However there is no gore or physical violence, and by and large the stories end happily. Language-wise, there's no cursing but there are insults like "brat" and "shut your mouth" and also thinly veiled threats and bullying. There are also some emotional themes that may be upsetting to kids, including a parent who has passed away and some coming-of-age conflicts with parents. The series is set in high school, and some storylines revolve around dating and physical attractiveness, but many episodes are romance-free.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of R.L. Stine's books will love this compellingly creepy series. There are enough scares to be thrilling to tweens, but they (likely) won't continue haunting them after they turn off the show. Each episode in the anthology is more like a mini-movie with fully developed worlds and characters. Tweens will be intereseted in this glimpse into high school life. While there's the added layer of the Twilight Zone-esque weirdness, the characters are also navigating real problems all kids face growing up. Tweens who like being a little spooked will enjoy Just Beyond, and the well-done stories make this a great family viewing candidate too.
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