Parents' Guide to

Parallels

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Enjoyable time travel mystery has peril, themes of loss.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Unique *MINOR SPOILERS*

I watched the English dubbed version (still with English subtitles because I always have subtitles on), and no, the mouths moving out of sync was not distracting for me. This show is overall a very quick and easy watch; it was worth my time. It includes excellent writing, above average cinematography, and breathtaking shots of the snow. Parallels is a fun, light-hearted adventure that is well-done and easy to understand. I really enjoyed its twists and turns, and I thank it for not having a convoluted storyline. This show has a unique concept in my opinion. Basically, one mysterious event at a birthday party sends a group of friends into parallel universes. The science that goes into the event is only lightly touched upon; the main plot of the series is how these friends stick together even when faced with confusion. The actors and actresses all have amazing chemistry, and their characters are believable and likable. The drama and motivations attached to the characters make them feel realistic and authentic, which contributes to their fantastic character development. With its great ending, Parallels doesn’t need a second season, though I do wish the show covered more on what happened with Hugo and Poe (the boy and the dog who disappeared in 2011).
age 12+

Love and friendship are more meaningful than the mysteries of time travel "science"

Time travel stories can get pretty twisted, by their nature. This one does a good job of explaining enough to get you to suspend disbelief, without over-explaining the "how". The focus of the story, while in a sci-fi setting, is much less about the pseudo-science and much more about the characters of these teenagers and their parents. Real life struggles of self-acceptance, selflessness, and family love are the focus of the characters' journeys. And the way that things tie together for everyone at the end is pretty beautiful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Mysterious in the right ways, touching and amusing as well, this sci-fi series from French Disney is a fun bet for fans of Stranger Things. And if Stranger Things was too freaky for tweens (or adults) in your world, Parallels is a good bet for sensitive viewers. The friendships are tender, family life is pretty tame, and there's not a lot of violence or gore. The pace slows a little in middle episodes, but the puzzling premise will keeps viewers wanting more.

Strong women characters with careers are portrayed with dignity and humor, which feels reflective of real life. The science feels real too -- the nuclear collider appears to be based on the actual thing. Larger questions about how energy use tampers with our natural world is a timely topic. Parents and tweens can enjoy this one together -- the English dubbing is very good, though the French with English subtitles is superior.

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