Parents' Guide to

Light as a Feather

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, mild violence, drinking in dark teen soap.

TV Hulu Drama 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

age 15+

Disturbing... but that's what makes it so fun :)

My family and I have a Hulu account, but my mom put it on hiatus due to it being so expensive and she is already paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime. Luckily, I found the first episode on YouTube, and I enjoyed it. I love the suspense, it's creepy (in a fun way, of course) without going too heavy on the gore (I like horror/supernatural shows and movies but I don't like too much gore. I'm kind of a squeamish person), I love the cinematography, and I love the acting. Particularly from Peyton List. She so deserves better than Jessie and Bunk'd and Light as a Feather is a total upgrade for her. This show is not appropriate for younger kids though- it has some blood and some stuff that could be scary to younger audiences, and some cussing. I highly doubt it'll top The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is coming very soon to Netflix, but if you're at least in high school, I recommend it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

It's going for a Pretty Little Liars or Riverdale vibe, but its silly Final Destination, Jr. setup and featherweight writing keep it from reaching the seamy heights of those teen faves. Building a spooky teen thriller around a slumber party game isn't a totally off the wall idea -- Truth or Dare did big box office in 2018 -- but it's goofy enough that it either needs to be treated ironically or grounded in enough realistic, relatable detail to make it land. Light as a Feather doesn't do either, with characters who come off as stereotypes -- the rich mean girl, the disturbed outsider, the brainless party girl -- and deaths that don't really seem to have an impact besides functioning as a plot device.

It's also immediately obvious that something's off with a main character, and it's clear that she's the one causing the deaths (though it's less immediately obvious how). With no mystery to wonder over, the series takes on a rather rote slasher tone, with the audience waiting for each successive death to enliven the goings-on. The villain herself is an interesting character, though, and her creepily obsessive interest in another one of the onscreen teens is the best part of the show. What teenager hasn't been on the outside looking in, or the object of affection that's flattering, but also somehow disconcerting? When the show goes there, it comes alive; the rest of the time, the spark sputters out.

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