A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Secrets and deception surround all the characters, and it's never certain who's telling the truth. Everyone has skeletons in the closet, and money and power often help protect wrongdoers from consequences. The ideas of love conquering all and self-sacrifice for a loved one are recurring themes. Family is rarely a safe haven, as many secrets exist in those environments as well. The idea of a caste system within the private school society is explored.
Positive Role Models
Characters' sympathies often change as their secrets unfold and their motivations are realized. No one is without fault, but the actions of some are less forgivable than those of others. Adults are noticeably terrible role models, from a molesting parent to a troubled school principal.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic shots of a murder scene with bloody handprints and the victim's body. Suggestion of domestic violence and rape. In one scene, a teen holds a knife to her wrist, contemplating hurting herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex, but no sensitive nudity. Extramarital affairs, including one between a man and an underage teen. Related issues such as STDs and incest. Suggestive scenes show a girl unbuttoning a guy's pants as she kneels in front of him. Talk of a guy's sexual prowess.
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"S--t," "bitch," "hell," "ass," and "dick."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink and do shots at parties and at least one pops pills to cope with stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Runaways is an intense Web series about murder and the disappearance of two teens who might be involved in the crime. Though the killing act isn't shown in detail, the body and bloody crime scene are. Language is another concern (with "bitch," "s--t," "hell," "ass," and "dick" among the common choices), and some teens drink and take pills. Still, the show's sexual content is extra edgy for a teen-oriented show, skipping the nudity (men are shown bare-chested, but women aren't undressed) but offering brief looks at simulated sex (a couple gets busy in bed), hints at oral sex (a teen girl kneels in front of a guy and unzips his pants), and incorporating issues such as incest and sex with a minor.
Is It Any Good?
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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