A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some good takeaway lessons for kids.
The show’s focus on a well-adjusted family sends positive messages about the strength that kids can draw from a happy family environment. Friendship and communication are other recurring themes. Lockie is a target for the bullies at his school (who pull pranks like sticking his head in a toilet), but he draws strength from his friend to cope with them.
Positive Role Models
Lockie’s parents are supportive of and involved in the lives of both of their kids, and Lockie is protective of his younger brother at school. Lockie and Vicki’s relationship reminds tweens of the importance of mutual respect and friendship in a developing romance. The show casts teachers in a negative light (they’re said to be bent on “making kids’ lives miserable”), but it’s played for humor that tweens will surely appreciate.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lockie’s crush on Vicki develops into a full-fledged romance, with age-appropriate physical contact like hand-holding and hugging. He comments on how she makes him feel, as well, including statements like, “She makes my toenails ache.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Australian series is a nice change of pace from the multitude of American tween shows with marketing tie-ins to music, video games, clothing, etc. The show's focus on an average kid trying to find his niche in high school will resonate with tweens, and the way it depicts a cohesive family, sibling harmony, and true friendship sends feel-good messages to kids. A fair bit of the show is devoted to Lockie's developing relationship with the school's "it" girl, Vicki, but even this storyline sets an age-appropriate example for tweens, as the characters move slowly from friendship to romance and are always respectful of each other's feelings.
Is It Any Good?
LOCKIE LEONARD is a welcome alternative to most of today's American tween shows -- parents are likely to welcome its obvious lack of marketing tie-ins as much as its honest approach to teen woes like dating and coping with school bullies. Lockie is an average teen just trying to survive his formative years, and he would be unremarkable except for his general likability. Rather than being absorbed in video games or the silly antics of many of his TV peers, he's a devoted older brother, a loyal friend, and dedicated to his first love, surfing.
What this series lacks in flash, it makes up for in realistic content, and tweens will come away from it no worse for the wear. Need more reason to like it? The show is based on a book series by Tim Winton, so young fans can follow Lockie's escapades in their original written format, too.
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