A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Room 104 is an anthology series about the guests who stay in a specific room in a fictitious airport motel. Though each episode tells a different story, viewers can expect disturbing scenes that include sexuality, violent and bloody events (including the murder of a child), and cursing. There's some drinking, too. Older, more mature teens who like bizarre, indie-type entertainment may be able to handle it, but it isn't intended for kids (or sensitive adults).
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What's the story?
From indie filmmaking siblings Jay and Mike Duplass comes ROOM 104, an anthology series about the guests who stay in a specific room in a fictitious airport motel. Each episode tells an odd and often disturbing tale about what happens behind the door of room 104 once the guests check in. Whether it's a babysitter caring for a strange child or eccentric adults who have a special interaction with a pizza delivery guy, what happens in the mundane room ranges from weird to simply horrible.
Is it any good?
This offbeat series combines various genres of indie storytelling with Twilight Zone-like horror. Each story takes place entirely inside the hotel room, and only features a few characters. This is effective, thanks to the tightly written stand-alone narratives that feature their own unique twists.
Adding to Room 104's appeal are appearances by actors like Orlando Jones, James Van Der Beek, and even Jay Duplass himself. But what makes Room 104 entertaining is its ability to creates a weird and imaginative world out of a small, nondescript place that seems so common from the outside.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how different genres of storytelling can be combined to make interesting TV. What kind of devices are used to make things strange or creepy, but still funny? Do you think Room 104 is scary? Why or why not?
Room 104 is an anthology series, meaning that completely different characters and stories are featured throughout. Can you think of another series like this? What do you think about this TV trend?
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