Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Quirky medium will entrance believers.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Williams tries to help people seeking closure after the death of a loved one. But she also "ambushes" some of her subjects for impromptu readings.

Violence

No actual violence, but -- obviously -- plenty of discussion of death (including suicide).

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this reality show, a medium communicates with people who have died and passes along messages to their loved ones. Of course with all this talk about death -- including suicides -- it can get pretty intense, and younger or more sensitive kids may be confused and even freaked out by the idea.

User Reviews

Adult Written bybadpsychics September 9, 2014

Poor

Terible, very very poor medium using known tricks like cold reading, avoid
Adult Written bykrissmt April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bymaddz222 September 21, 2009

Things that Parents might, want to know:

This is a very interesting show, but i have studied Lisa for a long time and yes she is very good, but some times you will notice in live shows that she can say... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Mediums are evil!

Don't talk to the dead. It's evil.

What's the story?

In LISA WILLIAMS: LIFE AMONG THE DEAD, viewers follow a quirky English clairvoyant as she attempts to contact and speak to the dead. In each episode, Williams stops strangers on the street to get them to agree to an impromptu reading, a tactic that's often met with shock and surprise. Next come several segments in which Williams works with people who have traveled to her adopted hometown of Los Angeles for the express purpose of working with her to correspond with the dead.

Is it any good?

Williams is a quirky character, and viewers will either love her or hate her. She often gets agitated and emotional when speaking to the dead and can be so focused on her work that she takes on an almost haunted aura. In one episode, Williams relayed loving messages from an American serviceman killed in Iraq to his wife back home and helped a pair of sisters realize why their mother committed suicide. After a long day's work, Williams puts on her cap -- signaling to the spirits that she's off the clock -- and returns home to her husband, Kevin, and young son, Charlie.

Although things can get a little intense (and some kids might be freaked out by the idea of talking to spirits), there's nothing particularly harmful about the show, as long as parents are OK with the death- and psychic-centered content. Since some segments deal with potentially touchy subjects (suicide, for starters), save this one for older tweens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what happens to a person after they die. Is there such a thing as an afterlife? How do different faiths tackle the idea of the afterlife? What do you think happens? Is it possible for people to communicate from "beyond the grave"? Do you believe that Williams is really talking to spirits? Do you think her clients find peace after a reading?

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