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The Lowe Files
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 The Lowe Files is a reality show starring actor Rob Lowe and his sons that centers on the potential existence of ghosts, aliens, and other beings. As a result, younger and more sensitive viewers may find some of the images and sounds scary. The show also contains positive themes about family and father-son relationships. There's some bleeped cursing, and many of the legends discussed refer to violent acts, including murder.
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What's the story?
THE LOWE FILES is a reality series starring actor Rob Lowe and his adult sons as they investigate paranormal activities around the country. Lowe, along with sons Matthew and John Owen, travel to mysterious and allegedly haunted locations to follow up on the ghost stories and other legends that surround them. As they go from abandoned reformatories to areas known for alien abductions, they spend time at each place looking for evidence of strange creatures and spirits from the beyond with the help of shamans, science, and technological devices. It's a little creepy, but they see it as quality time with family.
Is it any good?
This mildly entertaining reality series offers some fun moments as the Lowes bond during their spooky sleuthing adventures. While the trio shares a fair sense of skepticism about the stories they hear, they're more than willing to see if they can't be convinced that what they are discovering is real.
There are times that The Lowe Files feels like a parody of more serious TV programs that investigate these issues. As a result, it's hard to take these guys seriously. But the positive relationship between them creates some great moments and gives viewers a reason to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the existence of ghosts, strange beasts, and aliens. Where do the legends about these things come from? Are there some truths to the stories on The Lowe Files? Or are they products of people's imaginations?
Is The Lowe Files meant to be taken seriously? Or is it produced simply to be entertaining? Do you think people watching the show will feel differently about paranormal activity and other strange things after watching it?
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