Secrets of Sulphur Springs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Popular with kidsParents recommend
Chilling mystery series is lots of fun, has some scares.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 27 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Several characters -- both adults and children -- lie to cover the secrets they keep, and that causes some trouble with trust among family members and friends. Harper’s and Griffin’s courage in pursuing answers is admirable, but they wrestle with the implications of what doing so might mean for the people they care about. Ultimately the pursuit for the truth requires sacrifices. 

Positive Role Models

Griffin’s mother demonstrates impressive loyalty to her husband in her willingness to make the best of an unexpected situation. Griffin and Harper defy their parents for what they believe to be a greater good, and for their own sense of curiosity. Long-grudges and hurt feelings affect relationships in the present but also yield opportunities for forgiveness where it’s embraced.

Violence & Scariness

The story centers on the disappearance of a tween girl, which is an upsetting circumstance to consider and becomes more so as her character is introduced and explored. Some scenes advance the tension by hinting at her being in peril, but nothing is shown in detail. Other scenes suggest that her spirit causes unusual things to happen (lights flicker, a light fixture falls from the ceiling, a door blows open, etc.).

Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "sucks."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Secrets of Sulphur Springs is a mystery/horror series about the disappearance of a young girl and her subsequent haunting of a hotel. Scares are mild, and supposed evidence of a haunting includes finicky electricity in a house, cold spots, doors opening and closing on their own, and objects falling without obvious cause. The young characters are visibly rattled by the experience. The fact that both adults and kids keep secrets is necessary to advance the plot but does leave them weighing the repercussions of doing so, which gives families an opening for talking about issues like honesty and forgiveness. This gripping series invites family viewing with content that scares just enough but not too much -- but, even so, parents should gauge its suitability for kids who are sensitive to spooky stuff.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlpine7907 March 21, 2021

Excellent for pre teens

My kids are loving this show. With few exceptions the show is clean, entertaining and appropriate. No foul language, no inappropriate behaviors, and a great sto... Continue reading
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byBecky W. May 30, 2021

Suspenseful, charming, great introduction to Sci-Fi

My 7 year old had been pretty sensitive until this year but loved this show! I found it really enjoyable as well, not something that I was just tolerating becau... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2021

Good watch

I definitely recommend this show to kids if they aren't easily spooked, and also I would say to have an adult around the first few episodes just in case. O... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCaramelSweet61 February 8, 2021

Awesome!

I love the show, it’s really interesting and the plot line too! It’s not really scary, it doesn’t really show ghosts except a few interactions which haven’t alw... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SECRETS OF SULPHUR SPRINGS, 12-year-old Griffin Campbell (Preston Oliver) laments his family’s abrupt move from Chicago to a small Louisiana town to renovate and reopen a dilapidated hotel called The Tremont. Rumored by locals to be haunted by a girl named Savannah (Elle Graham) who disappeared 30 years ago, the property certainly has its issues, but Griffin’s father, Ben (Josh Braaten), is determined to make a go of getting it back up and running. Things take a mysterious turn when Griffin and his new friend, Harper (Kyliegh Curra), discover a portal that lets them travel back in time and gives them the chance to unravel the mystery. But the secrets they learn along the way have them questioning even more than the unresolved question of what happened to Savannah all those years ago. 

Is it any good?

This family-friendly mystery series is expertly written to balance genuine scares with content that’s both humorous and heartwarming. Griffin’s friendship with Harper is instantly likable; her gregarious personality helps bring the new kid in town out of his shell and facilitates their discoveries, and he reins in her impulsiveness that could spell trouble as they traipse around the past looking for answers. As they make discoveries that affect their relationships with people in the present, the two wrestle with the moral implications of possibly changing the past (and thus the future) as well. But through it all -- and despite secrets kept by several characters -- Griffin’s family is a model of loyalty to each other. 

As for the scares one finds in Secrets of Sulphur Springs, they’re there and they’re real, but they don’t push the envelope so much that kids shouldn’t watch. The idea that Savannah’s disappearance was so absolute that the trail is cold three decades later hints at even more complex secrets held by sympathetic characters, and as viewers get to know them, that concept could raise questions. Ultimately this is a real know-your-kid scenario. If the kinds of scares conceivable in the real world (a girl’s disappearance, for instance) are worrisome to your kids, it’s worth previewing the show before giving the all clear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the secrets that characters keep in this story. Are they preferable to telling the truth in any case? In your experience, are some lies justified in certain circumstances? Why or why not? 

  • What examples of loyalty and determination do you see in these characters? Are these always positive qualities in real life? Do they ever mislead the characters rather than inspire them? 

  • What do you think about the scares in this series? Do any of them give you pause? How well does the show create suspense? Does it leave you wanting more at the end of an episode? 

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