A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
None of the stories end positively, but the show makes every effort to show that bad choices beget negative consequences. The tone is ominous with an obvious purpose: to serve as a cautionary tale.
Positive Role Models
Every person featured on the show made poor decisions with life-altering consequences, but they're sharing their stories to prevent others from making the same mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Accidents, bloody injuries, and death. Some characters use weapons such as guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Skimpy clothing and flashes of lingerie. Sexual situations, but no simulated sex.
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Audible words include "damn," "hell," and the like.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Stories involve underage drinking, drunk driving, and drug use that leads to serious consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents needs to know that One Bad Choice is designed to deter viewers -- particularly teens and 20somethings -- from making bad choices that could negatively affect their lives and the lives of those around them. The show uses a split format of real-life interviews and dramatic reenactments of actual events, so you'll see actors engaging in underage drinking, drunk driving, and drug use and committing a variety of crimes that lead to serious injuries with some blood -- and even death. (Some episodes contain sexual situations, but there's nothing graphic.) You'll also hear light cursing in the form of "hell" and "damn."
Is It Any Good?
"Dramatic reenactments" are rarely as dramatic as they claim to be, particularly in the realm of television that's aimed at younger viewers. The actors can be amateurish, the dialogue can be cheesy, and the tone can be downright stagy. But as it turns out, One Bad Choice isn't actually all that bad, and the acting, at least, is respectable -- at times even effectively chilling.
The episodes feel longer than they need to be, but the message rings loud and clear: Some choices are a matter of life and death. Of course, whether One Bad Choice will do what it sets out to do -- that is, discourage impressionable teens from making iffy choices by showing the real-life repercussions of poor decision-making -- is a much murkier question.
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