The Booth at the End

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Suspenseful web serial stirs up murky moral issues.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show explores the topics of morality and immorality in pursuit of a purposefully provocative question: "How far would you go to get what you want?"

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters have selfish desires and are willing to commit crimes or immoral acts to get what they want, including robbing a bank, killing a child, bombing a populated area, etc.

Violence

Descriptions of violent acts (ie., using a plastic bag to kill a small child, killing innocent people with a homemade bomb), but nothing visual.

Sex
Language

Words like "hell," "damn," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJackie Spratty August 9, 2011

Best New Series

This series of interactive stories is NOT religious, it is NOT preachy, it is NOT offensive in the least but it IS a very interesting story line and it is actua... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygylait July 16, 2011

The Booth at the End

This show is very good, but only for certain audiences. I liked the moral issues involved and putting myself in different characters shoes. But it is also a ver... Continue reading

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?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 27, 2010
  • Cast: Xander Berkeley
  • Network: Hulu
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

For kids who love suspense

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