The Othersiders

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Teens' unaccompanied ghost hunts too scary for little kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The teens are passionate about what they do and very thorough in their research and investigation. Often they’re required to overcome their fears of the unknown to gather data. But all of this is overshadowed by the fact that either their parents are unconcerned about their midnight escapades, or the show is misrepresenting their supposed unchaperoned visits to these frightening locales.

Violence

No violence, but the teens discuss the presumed ghosts’ violent pasts, including instances of torture, murder, and death.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though the ghost hunters on this show are young (they range in age from 13 to 16), there's nothing juvenile about their chilling experiences at the reportedly haunted buildings they visit. Young and sensitive viewers may get scared by scenes of apparent ghosts moving in front of a camera, eerie voices picked up by recording equipment, and the cast's palpable fear. Older tweens and teens may find this same content thrilling, but the show will leave parents with a lot of unanswered questions about the reality of the teens' supervision on their late-night quests.

What's the story?

In THE OTHERSIDERS, five young friends team up to investigate reports of paranormal activity. The teens -- who range in age from 13 to 16 -- select sites based on credible reports of ghostly encounters and, after some background research, head out for midnight investigations of their own. Using high-tech equipment like infrared cameras and voice enhancement software, the team gathers data onsite before returning to their lab to analyze it and determine the likelihood of an actual haunting.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Don't be misled into thinking this show is for kids of all ages because of the youthfulness of its cast or the fact that it airs on Cartoon Network. Flashes of glowing figures and creepy recordings of disembodied voices are no less chilling for being witnessed by older tweens and teens rather than adults. The show's content is intense, and the teens are visibly frightened by what they experience. In other words, The Othersiders isn't a show for young kids, and sensitive viewers of any age might get the creeps, too.

What's more, the show's premise is a bit disturbing, as it suggests that thee five teens -- one of whom is only 13 -- are heading off unaccompanied on these late-night ghost hunts in abandoned buildings, junkyards, and the like. And, disturbing as that idea is, the alternative -- that the show misrepresents the teens' autonomy during the investigations -- sends just as many negative messages to young viewers about the reality of shows like this one. While the team's investigations are intriguing and their conclusions will certainly make you wonder about the spiritual world, this show is best reserved for teens and adults who can handle its content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about paranormal activity. Do you believe in ghosts? What evidence exists for and against the idea? Were you scared by any of the content of this show? What do you think the show's intent is? Families can also discuss how technology allows ghost hunters to conduct investigations. What equipment can they use to record images and sounds not heard or seen? Do you agree with the conclusions they draw from what they find?

TV details

Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written byMarinFan September 26, 2011

GORY, SEXY, CREEPY, FOUL, ULTRA-VIOLENT

This should be TV-MA/TV-MA-V, the teens say "s--t" "a--" "holy crap" "damnit" "f--k" etc. the teens make out in random areas and ARE BY THEMSELF, HELLO STUFF LIKE ZOMBIE S--T RANDOMLY FALLS AND BLOOD SPLATTERS. Not for under 15
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheBombFunn August 31, 2013

YET AGAIN, Another stupid pointless show from "CN" Real!

This shouldn't be a Cartoon Network, (as it's a reality show). It's just like EVERY OTHER CN Real show. Teenagers, stupid, pointless, rip-off of another show, etc. This show is very boring! So boring that I can't hesitate to talk about it so i'll finish this review.
Kid, 12 years old May 5, 2012

Interesting show

This is a great show. I don't just think that because I'm in to the paranormal, which I am. I think it's cute because I watch the real Ghost Hunters on SyFy.
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