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Mysterious but somewhat scary sci-fi thriller.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Monster/creature attacking people in the water.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Underage drinking, which is met with consequences

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is a science-fiction program dealing with the discovery of some previously unknown lifeform(s) in the ocean. The scenes of people in the water coming into contact with these unknown creatures are somewhat scary. The most intense scene in the first episode shows a diver getting dragged off by a creature that he has harpooned. There is a scene featuring a group of young teens drinking beer on a boat that they are using without permission. No sexual relationships or questionable language are present in the pilot.

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What's the story?

SURFACE follows various characters on their investigations into what may possibly be a new life form appearing in the water. A late-night water skier (Carter Jenkins) is brushed by something unidentifiable off the coast of North Carolina. An oceanographer sees unknown creatures swimming out of a channel on the floor of the ocean near California. A Louisiana diver is dragged away and drowns during a freak harpooning accident in the Gulf Coast. An abandoned nuclear submarine is discovered 5000 miles off course in the waters of the Antarctic. Though each of these events takes place far away from the others, they all seem to be connected to an unrecognizable carcass that washes up on the shore in South Carolina.

Is it any good?


The heavy science-fiction element in Surface makes it seem less connected to real life and more like the fantasy island of Lost, and it's definitely aimed at the audience members who made Lost into such a huge phenomenon in the 2004-2005 season. While the pilot is careful not to reveal too much about the creature(s), the human characters seem engaging enough. Based on the pilot, it will be appropriate for older tweens and above, as long as they are okay with the underwater suspense. Of course, as it progresses, the series will likely become more graphic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the risky behaviors of the young character, Miles (Carter Jenkins). He is shown waterskiing at night with his friends, and then later, after being caught, he sneaks out of his house in the middle of the night to go back to the same spot. Is this appropriate behavior? How might he have handled himself differently?

TV details

Cast:Carter Jenkins, Jay R. Ferguson, Lake Bell
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybbeverly March 4, 2012

The Surface

If you don't want your kids to watch a show that contains harmful monsters and violence then simply don't let them watch this. Otherwise it is a really good show if you just gave it a chance, I got hooked on it right from the start.
Teen, 14 years old Written bytobymac520 April 9, 2008


This is the best t.v. show ever! It is action packed through it all! Not for kids under the age of 12, though.
Adult Written byfireball226 April 9, 2008

Surface is Excellent

I would love to see this come back. I was watching 7th Heaven and had to record the last few episodes of Surface and I was glad I did. I definitely want to see what happens. Lets keep this grreat show on the air!


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