By David Gurney,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mysterious but somewhat scary sci-fi thriller.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Violence & Scariness
Monster/creature attacking people in the water.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking, which is met with consequences
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Premiere date: September 19, 2005
- Cast: Carter Jenkins, Jay R. Ferguson, Lake Bell
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Science Fiction
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: October 13, 2022
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