Parents' Guide to

Runaways

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tantalizing teen drama raises sensitive topics of sexuality.

TV Online Drama 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Not for kids

Seeing Marvel, we thought it might be a good show for our kids. About 15-20 min in, we shut it off and my kids agreed that it was for older teenagers. It could’ve been so much better without the trashy scenes. Within the first half, you see sane-sex kissing at a party with drugs, 2 boys taking a drugged girl upstairs, terrible parent behaviors and language. Definitely an adult show. My fault for not reading the reviews first.
age 16+

Greatest

It’s a really good serie. I don’t understand why there are just 4 episodes.... i want to see the rest off the serie but can’t find it on the internet

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Runaways is a scintillating drama series that's tailored toward teen viewers, with angst, secrets, and fateful romance to spare. Think Pretty Little Liars meets every other edgy drama with an absurdly beautiful teen cast. The story reels you in immediately with its spliced retrospective style that reveals the tale in tiny increments through the statements of those most closely acquainted with Kaylee and Mason's stories. With short episodes that run in length from four to seven minutes, each one gives you just enough to tempt you to come back for more. In other words, mission accomplished on keeping teens engaged.

Sexuality is a mainstay, and there are brief views of bedroom play and suggestions of casual sex (teens kiss and make out at parties), but the show does touch on some issues that may raise concerns if yours watch. In particular, there's a predatory relationship between a married man and one of the teen girls, plus a startling revelation of incest that's only briefly handled from the standpoint of the victim. With related topics such as STDs and open marriages, Runaways brings up a lot of issues of sexual behavior that you should discuss with your teen if he or she does watch, since the messages they'll get from this content might not be the ones you want them to have.

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