Strange Days at Blake Holsey High

TV review by
Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media
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Prep show Twilight Zone is good spooky fun.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

One African-American character appears; the rest of the cast is white.

Violence & Scariness

Although no direct violence occurs, adults can definitely seem threatening.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series can be eerie and suspenseful, which may be too much for young kids who are easily spooked. Kids who like mild scariness and a good ghost story will be intrigued. Main characters use the scientific method to uncover their school's mysteries, which is a good example for young viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008

Just started watching, and am probably hooked.

I only first saw this show two days ago, but as it was a marathon, I think my judgement is all right. I really enjoy this show. Sure, it's a bit cheesy,... Continue reading
Adult Written bybabygirl248716 April 9, 2008
I was flipping thru the channels an dstarted watching and have been since...Its good for kids who have a hard time with science because they may seem to remeber... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKimmeko April 9, 2008

Two Thumbs Up

Its pretty good but if I had a kid that was from 3-7 i wouldnt let him watch cause theres one season where Lucus and Vaghn dont become friends of course they ma... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 7, 2010

What's the story?

Things like wormholes, time travel, students becoming invisible, and inexplicable magnetic attractions are everyday occurrences in STRANGE DAYS AT BLAKE HOLSEY HIGH. Luckily, the students in the show's science club use the scientific method to investigate the mysterious happenings. But the science club at Blake Holsey High (nicknamed "Black Hole High" by the students) doesn't limit itself to test tubes and Bunsen burners. New girl Josie (Emma Taylor-Isherwood), popular Vaughn (Robert Clark), conspiracy buff Lucas (Michael Seater), type-A Corrine (Shadia Simmons), whiz kid Marshall (Noah Reid), and their advisor, Professor Z (Jeffrey Douglas), discover that their prep school is some sort of magnet for paranormal occurrences and mysterious strangers with secrets and hidden agendas. All the strange happenings seem to be connected to a local scientist named Victor (who just happens to be Vaughn's father) and his company, Pearadyne Industries, where Vaughn's mother disappeared in a strange accident 15 years ago.

Is it any good?

The series makes an attempt to bring in scientific concepts (magnetism, gravity, the light spectrum, etc.), but the show's real attraction is its spooky sense of mystery. The characterization isn't incredibly deep, and the kids seem more or less interchangeable. But there's plenty of action to keep viewers involved, and a lot to wonder about. What is Victor really up to? What's the strange floating ball that seems to be the source of his power? How does the janitor know so much about what's going on, and why won't he explain anything?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of reality and fantasy and the characters'. Do the students make good decisions with their knowledge or abuse their powers? What appeals to kids about the show -- mystery or science? Parents can encourage kids to continue their love of strange stories with a trip to the library or a (supervised) Internet search about the history and happenings of their own school or town.

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