Parents' Guide to

Lost in the West

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Time-traveling teens create a ruckus in the Old West.

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Plotwise, the miniseries borrows heavily from 1980s classics Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future, but the cornball humor and stiff performances keep it from reaching the same comedic heights as those well-loved classics. The tone is incredibly cheesy, even for a series aimed at kids, and the jokes can be really repetitive. Dave, who is portrayed as the goofy airhead of the duo, is shown using the anachronistic slang word "awesome sauce" a good half-dozen times while hanging out among confused 1885-era townsfolk. We get it, guys.

On the plus side, they avoid the "damsel in distress" trope by showing the female characters to be among the smartest and most capable members of the group -- even if some take that strength a little too far at times, like the punch-happy Texas Jane. Older teens are likely to dismiss Lost in the West and its lack of grit, but younger kids may be drawn to the empowered characters, colorful backdrops, and silly jokes.

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