A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
Acts of violence are typically limited to things along the lines of fist-fighting and don't appear in each episode.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some profanity, varying by episode.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters, including teenagers, drink and smoke marijuana.
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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.
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.
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