Tales from the Loop

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Anthology sci-fi drama is slow-burning, visually stunning.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show feels like a series of fables, but the morals can be a little vague. Love of family and respect for community are themes addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many characters are curious and kind, while others are more complex. A somewhat diverse cast, despite taking place in a small town. That said, the casting often feels stereotypical -- for example, the one African American character is a security guard. 


Acts of violence are typically limited to things along the lines of fist-fighting and don't appear in each episode.


Sexual content varies by episode, and Amazon provides different age recommendations for each episode. Some episodes feature simulated sex and masturbation, while others have no sexual content at all. 


Some profanity, varying by episode.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters, including teenagers, drink and smoke marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tales from the Loop is a science fiction anthology series about the people who live in a small town located near The Loop, a mysterious business that develops technology that seems to bend space and time. Each episode works independently, though characters overlap (a supporting character in one episode can become the lead in the next), so it's more like a series of interlocking short stories than one continuous story. Because of this, the content can vary significantly from episode to episode, and Amazon has different recommended ages for each individual episode. Some episodes feature simulated sex and simulated masturbation, while others have no sexual content at all. Similarly, some episodes feature teens smoking pot and drinking, while others are substance-free. It's a slow-moving but visually stunning series that will probably appeal most to mature teens who enjoy thoughtful sci-fi like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by49erjen May 8, 2020

Soooo upset by episode 3

First 2 episodes were fine, interesting and engaging. We got to episode 3 and it’s so inappropriate for my 8 and 10 yr old. One science was a teenage girl tak... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 12, and 14-year-old Written byStefanie O. May 27, 2020

sporadic pornography

Episodes 1 and 2 were so well written and thought provoking. My teen loved the clever twists, but the pace is a rather slow. Episode 3 was just as deep, but sud... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMaster Weasel April 17, 2020

Best Ever!!!!!!!!!!!

I think it should be for 12 years of age, it does contain some sexual stuff, but it is safe.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCandy g April 20, 2020

What's the story?

In TALES FROM THE LOOP, one by one, the inhabitants of a small town near a mysterious underground organization called "The Loop" discover that they can bend time and space in unexpected ways. Based on paintings by artist Simon Stalenhag, each episode of this series features a different but related story, sometimes with overlapping characters and actors including Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil). 

Is it any good?

Anthology series can be tricky to pull off, because the quality usually differs greatly from episode to episode -- Tales from the Loop counters this by telling a series of short stories that work on their own but also interlock beautifully. Characters who briefly appear in one episode might be the lead protagonist in the next, creating a pleasing mosaic that pieces together the strange vibe of this small, mysterious town. The series sacrifices the Twilight Zone-like ironic final twists many anthology shows seem compelled to provide, in favor of gentle morality tales that combine into an ultimately more satisfying cumulative effect. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mysteries. How do the people in the town deal with the mysterious changes in their lives? Why do you think people are compelled to solve mysteries or find out more about their worlds? 

  • Do you think each episode of Tales from the Loop has a moral, like in a fairy tale? Have you seen other TV shows try to teach similar lessons about the world and its people? 

  • Families can talk about the future and technology. What good things do you think it has in store for humanity? Are you concerned about others? 

TV details

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For kids who love science fiction

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