Parents' Guide to

Side Effects

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Edgy musical series sends odd message about medication.

TV Online Drama 2013
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

The good points

This show is good to give kids the idea that there is hope when real life hard ships happen, it can create a stronger bond in lifting each other up in love know your all going threw the same thing even if your not going threw a similar sicrumstance you would still be going threw a hardship. And the music and songs bring a tie to there bond .

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The teen-oriented series, which runs on YouTube and led to a television movie, offers a quirky, edgy story that combines the sibling angst of the 1990's hit Party of Five with Glee-like musical numbers. Rounding out the family-focused story are plot lines driven by the presence of friends such as Zac (Keli Price) and Whitney's loyal friend Susan (Lia Marie Johnson).

The show's premise, which attributes the musical numbers to medicine-induced hallucinations, is socially irresponsible -- especially when you consider the audience. But it's fun and colorful, and the adaptation of popular songs throughout the series makes it too easy to look past this. No doubt teen-musical fans will enjoy watching.

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