A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers can interpret these episodes as mini morality lessons: For every action there is a consequence. However, consequences are not necessarily realistic or logical.
Positive Role Models
Host Forest Whitaker serves as a tour guide through the series, helping to lead audience members through the lessons or message of each episode.
Violence & Scariness
Some violent situations, depending on individual episodes, include characters being hit by cars, struck by lightning, or engaging in fist fights
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is implied but there is no graphic sexuality.
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Some marginal language including "bastard" and "jackass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking. Some characters drink to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this remake of the 1960s televison series deals in psychological tension. While there is some actual violence, it's usually more passive (i.e., a character is hit by a car) than hostile. The truly scary part of the series occurs inside viewers' minds when creepy scenarios meet supernatural elements, like mind reading, life after death, and imaginary creatures. Each episode effectively serves as a mini morality tale, so parents may want to be prepared to discuss their views on the episodes' subjects. Expect some mild language ("bastard," "jackass") and some occasional drinking.
Is It Any Good?
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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