TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Paranormal investigations with lots of suspenseful moments.

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Positive Messages

The series promotes the idea that paranormal activity is real.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The participants range from true believers to skeptics.


Screaming, yelling, and other dramatic reactions throughout. Discussions about accidents and death.


Some group members used to date; brief references to sleeping together.


Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stranded is a chilling docuseries that features people investigating paranormal activity in remote places. Night cameras, dramatic camera shots, and video footage of the amateur investigators reacting to creepy events create some entertaining suspense, but it might be too much for younger and/or more sensitive viewers. Accidents and death are frequent themes, too. Expect some bleeped language.

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What's the story?

STRANDED is a reality series that follows amateur paranormal investigators as they research remote locations for evidence of paranormal activity. Each episode features three paranormal enthusiasts voluntarily spending five days completely cut off from the world at an isolated location (like a closed seaside resort or an uninhabited island) that is thought to be haunted. Throughout their stay they learn about the history of the place, the people who used to reside there, and the area's legends. They also try to witness and, if possible, record paranormal phenomena. While they record themselves and the creepy things that are happening around them, strategically placed security cameras strategically placed around the properties also record the groups' activities.

Is it any good?

The Blair Witch-like series creates some anxiety-filled tension as the amateur sleuths express their apprehension and have frightened reactions to unexplained noises, lights, shadows, and other mysterious events. Night camera footage of long empty hallways, dark corners, and antique items also adds to the eeriness.

Skeptics will be quick to point out that very little on the show documents any real paranormal activity. But viewers may find the connections the investigators make between what they think they are finding and their own questions about their lives and deceased loved ones interesting and poignant. Regardless of what you believe, the show succeeds in creating some entertainingly chilling suspense.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that the media uses the idea of spirits, ghosts, and other scary themes to entertain audiences. How does this show create a feeling of suspense without actually showing anything specific?

  • What is the appeal of watching TV and movies that is scary?   

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