A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about perseverance, loyalty, and redemption.
Positive Role Models
Characters show ingenuity, fortitude, and teamwork.
Features a deep, diverse cast including Black and Latino characters, but none of the characters' cultural backgrounds are featured in the plot.
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Violence & Scariness
Includes assault and gun violence.
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Profanity used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Features scenes where drugs (pot, hallucinogens, etc.) are consumed, discussed, and sold. Characters are occasionally seen drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kaleidoscope is a crime series with a unique structure. It's built so that most of the episodes can be watched in any order and are queued in a random order on each viewer's Netflix account. The final episode features a heist that all of the rest of the episodes are centered around. The series contains violence, profanity, and drug content. Profanity is used throughout: the "F" word, "s--t," "ass," etc. Drugs (pot, hallucinogens, etc.) are consumed, discussed, and sold. Characters are occasionally seen drinking alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Any great show that leads with an ingenious gimmick needs to back it up with an even more ingenious story, and this one doesn't quite get there. The trouble with Kaleidoscope's randomized episode order is that it doesn't actually make up for the fact that the heist at its center is fairly routine. Even the things that are exciting about this type of nonlinear plot, like seeing characters show up in unexpected ways, could have been achieved without the randomizer, which makes the gimmick here feel more like a marketing trick than a storytelling one.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.