A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Standard moral lessons regarding teamwork and good citizenry.
Violence & Scariness
Some manhandling of characters, threatened use of hockey sticks and pucks. Weapons might appear but not be used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because the main characters are solving mysteries, adults will appear as villains, and the children on the team will occasionally be in mild peril. It's all quite tame, but it could worry younger kids who aren't familiar with crime or the baser motivations of the human heart -- here pretty much limited to money, winning, and general mean-spiritedness.
Is It Any Good?
Every episode praises the value of teamwork and emphasizes the need to practice to get -- or stay -- good at any sport. But other than that, the lessons are generally limited to not committing whatever crime the Owls solve in a particular episode. Neither the mysteries nor the characters are particularly well developed, but it's tough to get too in-depth in 22 minutes. Fans of the books will know more about the kids' lives outside the rink, and they're probably the likeliest fans for the series as well. This is good, simple, not-too-dramatic fare, reminiscent of the old PBS Ghostwriter series, and there's not much else like it out there.
Screech Owls is a great opportunity to encourage a kid who's more comfortable with TV and sports to do some reading, since being familiar with the characters and structure of a book ahead of time can make reading easier.
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