A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
At first, the four teens bristle at working together because of their peer group association (nerds, jocks, burnouts, etc.), which cultivates teasing and bullying. Teens are called names and targeted because of the clothes they wear and the company they keep. But as the story develops, the boys find common ground in their shared experience.
Positive Role Models
Despite their differences, the boys demonstrate a willingness to change when faced with the reality of being on their own in a parallel universe.
Violence & Scariness
Some tense moments involving demons and unidentified elements that frighten the boys.
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No cursing, but name-calling like "reject."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nowhere Boys is an Australian drama series about four teens with nothing in common who are thrown together by mysterious events that change their lives forever. The story is rooted in the paranormal, raising the specter of demons and supernatural powers, among other things. There are some tense moments and surprises, none of which is worrisome for the intended teen audience. The roles are earnestly acted and the writing is sharp, letting viewers settle into the scintillating story with little distraction. Expect to see some physical closeness between teens (hand-holding, hugging, etc.) and to hear some mild name-calling, but overall it's pleasant content from this drama series.
Is It Any Good?
This award-winning Australian drama series is slow to get started but picks up speed as the characters' supernatural predicament develops. Faced with the knowledge that they're anonymous even to their families all of a sudden, the guys retreat to the unlikely safe haven of their camaraderie, and their differences -- initially prominent and divisive -- fade away. In this way, Nowhere Boys is a positive tool for parents' discussions with teens about the pitfalls of making judgments about people.
What will sell teens on the show, though, is the drama and mystery that unfolds a little at a time, hinting at layers of secrets whose answers hold the key to the characters' plight. It's mildly addictive and highly entertaining, especially with regard to the boys' very distinctive personalities finding cohesion over time.
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