A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Designed to entertain, not educate.
Characters band together to try to do what's right. Intelligence is valued, and an emphasis is placed on doing the right thing even when it's hard.
Positive Role Models
The main characters, who are stepbrothers, value their relationship and work together to try to help their family and friends. The main female characters are portrayed as smart and tough.
Violence & Scariness
There are some fight scenes between the groups, but the choreography is so bad and unrealistic it isn't scary for even a moment. One of the characters throws a dodgeball at his enemy's head. A cowgirl shows her frustration with one of the time travelers by punching him in the gut, more than once.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of tame kisses, nothing more.
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Unless you consider fart jokes to be bad language (one of the ranches is named the "Hoof Hearted" ranch), this is a very clean production.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Though the characters visit a stereotypical Old West saloon, none of the patrons imbibe -- it's strictly sarsaparilla sodas for this crew.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost in the West is a lighthearted and silly miniseries about time-traveling teenagers who visit the Old West. Older teens may roll their eyes at the highly sanitized way high school and teenage life is depicted, but younger kids will likely find it a treat. There's a classic Good Guys versus Bad Guys storyline, but unlike what you see in a lot of old-school Westerns, some of the most helpful and competent characters here are female. There are some fight scenes, which are mild and cartoonishly choreographed, and a couple of very chaste kisses exchanged.
Is It Any Good?
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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