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Limetown

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tension-filled mystery series is violent and disturbing.

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

Positive Messages

It's a mystery, but themes include family dysfunction, unethical research and experimentation on humans, and dealing with loss.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lia Haddock is smart, brave, and obsessive as she researches the Limetown story. 

Violence

There are aggressive, frightening moments, as well as suspicions of violent events. Brutal, gruesome descriptions of people’s injuries and deaths, including the crucifixion and torching of a human being is discussed; the charred corpse is occasionally shown.

Sex

Strong innuendo, including bedroom scenes and simulated sex acts. 

Language
Consumerism

Apple computers, iPhones visible, but the logos are not shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Limetown is a series about a journalist who attempts to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of an entire town. Adapted from a popular fiction podcast series, it features some very violent imagery (ranging from blood to gruesome images of a burned corpse), and disturbing conversations about violent events. Sexual content includes bedroom scenes and simulated sex.

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What's the story?

Based on a popular podcast fiction series, LIMETOWN follows journalist Lia Haddock (Jessica Biel) as she attempts to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of an entire town. Lia was 10 years old when her uncle, Emile Haddock (Stanley Tucci) went missing from Limetown, a Tennessee town that housed approximately 300 employees of a local neuroscience research facility run by Dr. Oskar Totem (Alessandro Juliani). Now, despite the reservations of boss Gina Purri (played by Sherri Saum), and with the unwanted assistance of fellow reporter Mark Green (Omar Elba), she's working on a radio story designed to memorialize the tragedy. But as she interviews people closely associated with the event, strange things start happening, and she's sure the story is bigger and more frightening than anyone thought. 

Is it any good?

This dark, edgy series, told from Haddock’s point of view, offers a suspenseful story that's both creepy and entertaining. It unfolds slowly, but the good writing creates enough dramatic tension to keep viewers engaged. The impeccable sound design, which pays homage to the audio version of the show, adds to the ever-present sense of uneasiness. Some scenes, clearly intended to give viewers more insight into the journalist’s personal life, sometimes feel a little out of place, but aren't problematic enough to be disruptive. It's possible that this adaption looks very different than the images Limetown podcast fans may have created in their minds. Nonetheless, the overall series is very compelling. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges that come from adapting a story told via radio or podcast to visual media like television or film. In addition to adding visual imagery, what other things have to be reworked?

  • Lots of TV shows are mysteries. What do you think people like about watching a mystery unfold? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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