The Unlisted

TV review by
Ayize Everett, Common Sense Media
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Australian tween sci-fi mystery is a delight, some peril.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family plays a large role in the show; the boys are of Indian descent and observe holidays like Diwali. They're close with their grandmother as well; she shares culture as well as funny quips and support. They also feel pulled to help others in need as they learn more about what's happening in their world. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The twins are very different but support each other and their friends. The show is racially diverse, with an Indian family at its core, and the boys' best friend is female. 

Violence

Some scary moments, like when all the students freeze up at once; some chase scenes and peril. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Unlisted is a tween sci-fi mystery show set in Australia about a secret program designed to manipulate and control children. Twin boys of Indian descent play the main characters who are trying to figure out who's behind this strange conspiracy. It sounds intense but it's a lot of fun, with a central mystery to be solved alongside various teen dramas that play out. This is a really great choice for tweens who want some serious sci-fi mystery but aren't quite ready for Lost or other grown-up conspiracy shows.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLife is a journey 17 October 6, 2020

Love it!

I thought this might be to scary cause I don't like scary movies or shows. But this was intriguing and had suspense without being overly scary. Some parts... Continue reading
Adult Written byALVIN WILLIAMS September 17, 2020

EHHH!!!!

It's a good story to think about, writing was awful, acting was awful, DHADI (grandmother) was horrible/annoying, and there was sooooo many mistakes; commo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLavpraj September 8, 2020

Why you should watch this

This series is actually pretty intriguing. It's set a little bit in Science Fiction and it has little or actually no violence (at least what I have watched... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byParis.xxx July 26, 2020

BRILLIANT

To start off, this show is absolutly incredible. I love it and cant wait for season 2 to come out. It includes no sex references or kissing, some people crush o... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE UNLISTED, Dru and Kal are twin brothers who are enveloped in a government mystery when their school begins to experiment on the students at their school.  Their troubles began simply enough when Dru convinces Kal to take a school mandated dental check-up in his place. Little does Kal realizes that it will mean getting a double dose of a secret injection the government is giving to all the students in order to make them faster, stronger, smarter -- and more compliant. With one twin receiving none of the benefits of the injection, and the other being twice as smart and fast and his peers, it's only a matter of time before the boys are found out. Can they find other kids who’ve escaped from the government program and help them before it's too late?

Is it any good?

This Australian drama is fairly light and fun, despite the overtones of menace. The main family, the Sharmas, are an Australian family of Indian descent, preparing to celebrate Diwali just as the series starts. The sense of danger comes mostly from the adults at the school and secret organizations that are committed to keeping this project a secret. As a result, the show does play on some "us versus them" thinking regarding teen and adult relationships, but the actual "bad guys" don't include all adults and it's fun to discover the plot along with the kids.

It's also great to see a highly diverse cast of characters without that being the point of The Unlisted. The grandmother of the boys also plays a prominent role in the family, modeling a healthy intergenerational relationship, something not typically depicted on shows involving tweens. It’s the lead actors and those that play their family that really sell the show. It’s fun, bright, and interesting; this is a really great choice for tweens who want some serious sci-fi mystery but aren't quite ready for Lost or other grown-up conspiracy shows.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mysteries. What's fun about trying to solve them? 

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  • Families can talk about the role family culture plays in The Unlisted. What are the Sharmas like? What kinds of things do they do together as a family? How does their Indian heritage play a role? 

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  • Families can talk about the relationship between siblings, especially twins. How do Kal and Dru communicate? Do they ever fight? 

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