A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though the tales in this anthology series are all different, many focus on mean, selfish, or generally despicable people getting their comeuppance. A theme is curiosity and exploring the world -- or alternate reality -- around you.
Positive Role Models
Given the anthology format, it's a mixed bag. But characters usually have complex motives -- and the personalities to go along with them. Some are clearly bad; some are clearly good; many are a little of both.
Violence & Scariness
Most episodes are very eerie, and some are scary, but there's very little actual violence. The occasional fistfights and shoot-outs that do happen are all tame by today's standards. Violence really isn't the point here; creepiness is.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some characters have relationships, but all are very chaste.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke and drink, but rarely to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that it might be hard to get kids to sit through episodes of The Twilight Zone. This classic TV show has complex, thoughtful scripts that require viewers to pay attention. The pacing is much slower than just about anything on the air today (even some adults who enjoyed the show when it originally aired say that it sometimes seems sluggish by current standards), and there are rarely any big action sequences. To top it off, the show was shot in black and white. But if you can convince your kids to follow an entire episode (and you usually have to watch the whole thing to really get the point), they should find themselves pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed it. Bottom line? It's a classic for a reason.
Is It Any Good?
Despite passing the five-decade mark, these stories have aged surprisingly well. That said, today's kids may be put off by the show's black-and-white images, outdated clothes, and rather straitlaced moral conventions. And anyone used to the fast-paced editing of modern action shows or music videos may find The Twilight Zone's pacing overly slow. But don't mistake any of these quibbles for flaws; this show is a true classic, and it deserves to be appreciated by each new generation of viewers. Once your kids watch a few episodes (it should only take a few), they'll be hooked.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.