Parents' Guide to

Runaways

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Underage drinking, sci-fi violence in superhero soap opera.

TV Hulu Drama 2017
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

Why are so many ppl acting like this is soo inappropriate?!?

I don't understand all the bad reviews. As a huge Marvel fan I don't find it as interesting as some other Marvel IP's nor does it have the same feel as the MCU, but after the second episode I was hooked. As far as this being inappropriate, some people may be super conservative and that's their choice, but this is on Disney plus for a reason, because it's been evaluated as age appropriate. All the horrible things that are mentioned are handled in an age appropriate manner. Nothing explicit is shown. As far as the lesbian kissing scene, it's two girls kissing. So what. If it were a guy and a girl nothing would have been mentioned because it's not a steamy sex scene. Another comment I saw someone make was concerning a mention of menstruation. So what. It's something that half the world goes through once a month. Nothing to be freaked out about. I don't go through it because I'm a guy, but it's no secret that people should be ashamed of talking about. Masterbation is mentioned but so what. If you think teens don't do it you're mistaken and have forgotten what it's like to be a teen. While it is definitely a private thing it's not a shameful thing. Treatment as a shameful act can lead to unhealthy feelings about it, and intamcy in general. And the "rape" scene, the intent of rape is implied. No rape on or off screen and no attempted rape. It is heavily implied that they boys intend to rape her. Other reviews say the girl that was carried upstairs passed out from doing drugs. That is inaccurate, they must not havd been watching very closely. She was handed a pill which she later threw away. She passed out from taking off a bracelet that is integral to her character. Before anything goes too far a guy steps in and saves her before any harm comes to her. While this show gets near some adult-like themes, overall I agree with it's official 14 + rating and find this show appropriate for any 14 year old and potentially appropriate for some as young as 12 if parents use discretion as far as evaluating their individual child's maturity level.
age 14+

It isn’t as bad

The TV show is essentially a teen soap opera. Therefore, it is supposed to appeal to kids from ages 13+. Yes, there are drugs present in one episode, but against the character’s better judgement, she chose not to take it. Yes, two boys attempt to rape a girl, but is saved when her friend saves her. The kids also grieve the loss of their friend, this is not a bad thing. If you ask me, I think it will teach one how to properly deal with loss—to depend on one another. The core of the show is friends turned family. A lot of good messages can be learned from the show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (60 ):

With multiple storylines, more than a dozen main characters, and a mishmash of genres, this superhero soap should be a great big mess -- instead, it's complex and compelling. The last time such an appealing group of teens with nothing in common were pulled together, they were doing detention together in The Breakfast Club. Here, they're working on something a little more serious than sneaking around their high school, but Runaways scores by anchoring its otherworldly elements in high school drama, where a cheerleader audition takes on as much emotional weight as working out why your parents like to gather in a mysterious basement temple in red robes making human sacrifices. And so jock-with-a-heart Chase (Gregg Sulkin), "perfect church girl" (who happens to be gay) Karolina (Virginia Gardner), punky feminist Gert (Ariela Barer), grieving goth Nico (Lyrica Okano), insecure wannabe Molly (Allegra Acosta), and lonely brain Alex (Rhenzy Feliz) have something new in common.

Runaways excels, too, at ferreting out the emotional core of its high-concept plot. Adolescents discovering their powers (and the obvious puberty metaphor) is a superhero trope, but when Molly realizes what she thought were period cramps were instead the onset of her super-strength, she jumps into the air with infectious glee. "Yes! Yes! I did it!" she crows. Now this is a character with agency, and it's thrilling to watch. Try this exciting, escapist drama out for whole-family viewing -- it's got something for everybody.

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