A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers see teens lean on each other to manage their feelings and frustrations about a pandemic and quarantine. Even across geographic distance, friends are able to support one another and work together to solve a mystery.
Positive Role Models
The tech-savvy teen characters use the resources they have to launch a joint investigation while still keeping a safe distance from each other during quarantine. They also support each other emotionally as they ride out the uncharted waters of a pandemic and the uncertainty it brings. Positive representations include racial and gender diversity.
Violence & Scariness
The story involves suspense and suspicion related to a neighborhood mystery, with hints of possible murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting among teens and obvious attempts to impress, but no physical component, since they're separated by the rules of quarantine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lockdown is a series filmed entirely by webcam and smartphone that centers on a group of teens quarantined by a pandemic who attempt to solve a mystery in their neighborhood. Their investigation hints at a possible murder, and the story has moments of suspense as the teens put together the pieces of what happened, but there's no definitive violence shown or even indicators of such beyond an occasional scream. The teens' relationships are complicated at times by crushes and romantic triangles, but their friendship -- facilitated by tech tools like video chats -- helps keep them centered and managing the stress of life under quarantine rules. They support each other and demonstrate teamwork, and they're a diverse group.
Is It Any Good?
This enjoyable, fresh series adapts a traditional whodunnit story to the 2020-era pandemic experience of being homebound for weeks on end. As Nira's world becomes smaller and boredom sets in after weeks of quarantine, a sudden mystery quickly and completely consumes her attention. At first her friends dismiss her concern, but as time passes and the mystery grows, they are drawn in as well, and their own sense of paranoia escalates.
Lockdown doubles as a modern spin on Rear Window-style suspense and a more realistic, revealing glimpse into the teens' psyche during a period of compulsory quarantine. Nira and her friends find solace from loneliness and boredom in their ability to interact virtually, which allows them to collaborate even while they maintain a safe physical distance from each other. As they share their experiences, they give voice to a generation of young people who can relate in varying degrees to their frustrations with such an abrupt and lengthy upheaval of their lives. Kids might be inspired to create their own show following this format, or explore classic mystery books and movies.
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