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What 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.
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What's the story?
Lockie Leonard (Sean Keenan) is an Australian teen with grand aspirations of becoming the world’s greatest surfer. Luckily for him, his family has recently relocated to the coastal town of Angelus, where the waves are big enough for his ambitions. But for Lockie, the challenges don’t end when the tide is out, since high school is fraught with its own set of pitfalls. Things are looking up, though, now that he’s won the affection of his crush, Vicki (Gracie Gilbert).
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dating and relationships. What are your family’s rules about dating? How do the relationships you see among your peers compare to Lockie and Vicki’s? How does theirs compare to others you’ve seen on different shows?
How does this show compare to similar American series? Besides the characters' accents, what else makes it clear that it takes place somewhere else?
Tweens: What hobbies are you passionate about? How dedicated is Lockie to his favorite pastime, surfing?
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