The Thomas John Experience

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Celeb psychic travels USA reading minds in OK reality show.

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Positive Messages

Death and the spirit world are key themes. People communicate from the beyond to express love and concern to the living.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Thomas John is polite and compassionate, and presents his readings as a way of helping people. He often approaches skeptics in order to do so, and not everyone is respectful about it. 


Messages from the deceased allude to shootings, sudden deaths, and suicide. The friends or family members receiving these messages sometimes go into a little more detail about the situation. 


Marital relationships are talked about, but there's not a lot of innuendo. 


Words like "hell," curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are sometimes audible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are references to alcohol and drug abuse. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Thomas John Experience is a show about a celebrity psychic who travels to different countries, connecting different people to the spirit world. There's some cursing, and references to dark life moments like fatal illnesses, shootings, sudden deaths, and suicides. There’s not much sex talk, but relationships are briefly discussed. Alcohol and drug abuse are sometimes referenced, too. Note that some episodes contain stronger content than others.

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What's the story?

THE THOMAS JOHN EXPERIENCE is a reality series featuring a celebrity psychic as he makes his way across America connecting random people with their deceased loved ones. Thomas John travels around the country hosting special events. But when he’s not on stage, he drives a ride share and offers readings to unsuspecting passengers. He also goes to places where people normally wouldn’t call upon psychics in hopes of connecting them with members of the spirit world. 

Is it any good?

The heartfelt reality series features Thomas John looking for opportunities to connect folks with dead friends and relatives. Often referred to as the “Seatbelt Psychic,” thanks to using ride share as a way of meeting people to read, John travels to cities like Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles to seek people willing to participate. While most appear open to his efforts, some even going so far as to sharing more details about their loved ones, others are not as appreciative. This creates some awkward moments, some of which are borderline insulting. It also makes you wonder if John’s efforts are intended to convince people that what he does is real. Nonetheless, if you like this sort of thing, The Thomas John Experience can be entertainingly dramatic and emotional. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what psychics do. Does what people experience in The Thomas John Experience seem real? Or do you think it's created to entertain people? 

  • What stereotypes has the media relied on over the years to represent who psychics are and what they do? Does Thomas John fit into this generalization?


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