A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love science fiction
Themes & Topics
Browse titles with similar subject matter.
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
Streaming options powered by JustWatch