Parents' Guide to

The River

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Chilling paranormal-adventure show isn't for faint of heart.

TV ABC Drama 2012
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age 12+

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age 8+



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Too much violence
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age 15+

not that bad

the previews made this show look realy scary but it was not all that bad you just need to know yoursellf and your children before letting them view espsualy alone because some of it is scary

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Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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THE RIVER is a chilling, unpredictable series that pairs heart-pounding suspense with intense human drama. The story borrows plot and style points from the likes of Lost and The Blair Witch Project, as well as producer Oren Peli's well-known Paranormal Activity, so it's hardly groundbreaking. That said, the show is a fun watch, and its spine-tingling mysteries don't end with the things that go bump in the night. Longstanding tensions among the characters create drama where there otherwise isn't any, and unraveling the secrets behind their motivations conjures almost as much nail-biting as the unsettled spirits do.

The human side of The River explores the tenuous relationships between parents and kids and between marriage partners, and some of the issues it raises are worthwhile for families. Grown-up Lincoln is reluctant to forgive his father for what he views as an unfulfilled childhood, but his emotions are complicated by the possibility that his father might be alive and in danger. This side of the show's content may well spark some productive discussions within families, but parents should be thoughtful about exposing their tweens or young teens to the show, since the paranormal-based suspense is potentially more haunting than gory violence would be.

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