Parents' Guide to

The Twilight Zone (2002)

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Pop star cameos can't elevate remake of creepy classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

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Is It Any Good?

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On its own, this sci-fi series fares reasonably well. The writing is solid, and constant cameos by famous or up-and-coming actors are definitely a fun touch, especially for a teen audience (Jessica Simpson guest starring as a babysitter paranoid about a doll collection is definitely entertaining). However, it's impossible not to compare this series to the original. To ask Forest Whitaker to step into Rod Serling's shoes is a difficult request, and the normally excellent actor is unconvincing as the new host in the updated version of the show. Also, the episodes aren't consistently good, and very few will pull at you for much longer than the time it takes you to watch them -- there's no similarly affecting image as that of the gremlin on the airplane wing from the original's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

On the bright side, the writing is lively and imaginative, and viewers will be treated to television that will surprise with twist endings and impossible scenarios. But even though the series isn't terrible, viewers would be better served by watching the original Twilight Zone.

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