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The Booth at the End
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, aside from a few low-level curse words (mostly "hell"), there isn't much here to be concerned about outright. That said, some disturbing/violent acts are described, and the show's provocative treatment of moral issues may be too complex for kids. Overall, the message is pretty murky.
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What's the story?
One by one, assorted strangers file in to the unassuming Cadillac Jack's diner and slip into THE BOOTH AT THE END with a mysterious customer known only as \"The Man\" (Xander Berkeley). And as the series continues, their stories intersect in unexpected ways. Each one has something they want more than anything, and the Man can make it happen...as long as they perform a random task he gives them in return.
Is it any good?
The concept behind The Booth at the End is pretty intriguing, and the show's short format will make watching episodes in quick succession downright addicting. What's less clear, however, is whether viewers will tire of the repetitive structure, with nothing else to look at besides a man sitting at a booth, talking to an ever-rotating roster of guests.
If they stick it out, they'll be treated to a fascinating (albeit fictional) social experiment that explores the limits of human morality with sobering results. And Xander Berkeley's performance as "The Man" is compelling enough to keep us watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's message when it comes to cause and effect. What does being moral mean to you? Is it ever OK to do something bad to someone else if it results in a positive outcome for you?
Who do you think the Man really is? Is he a regular person, the Devil himself, or some other kind of evil? Is he forcing people to do bad things, or merely a mediator?
Why is this show airing as a Web-only series? Do you think it would do well on network television or pay cable? Why or why not?