Parents' Guide to

Locked Up Abroad

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Show about foreign jails could be cautionary for older kids.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Locked Up Abroad

Pretty good show I must say. Some of the reanactments are cliché, but not bad. All in all, an entertaining show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Locked Up Abroad does have several things going for it. The production values are good, and the stories are told in the voices of the people immediately involved, which gives viewers a personal connection to the stories. The re-enactments are eerily close to the original photography and video taken at the time of imprisonment. And it's certainly eye opening to witness the cruelty and miscarriage of
justice that occurs in some of these place.

But because there's no mention of any intervention from anybody's embassy, the whole thing smacks of sensationalism. And the show never mentions the many documented cases of
similar experiences happening to foreign nationals here in the United States. While teens may be interested to see what happens when you smuggle drugs in a place like Bangladesh (and it might even scare them out of ever trying anything similar!), they also need to understand that these experiences aren't a complete picture of what life is like in a foreign country. Bottom line: It's riveting TV, but it doesn't give the best or most accurate picture of other cultures.

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