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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tomorrow deals with issues of death and suicide. Supernatural beings who act as grim reapers swoop in to save people who are attempting suicide. Sometimes these grim reapers scare their targets into begging to let them live, teaching them a lesson along the way. Death and suicide are sometimes dealt with in a comedic way; at other points in the show, characters debate whether suicide is a selfish act or a cry for help. A character drinks a bunch of beer when he's feeling depressed. In Korean, available with subtitles.
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What's the Story?
In TOMORROW, an afterlife risk-management team has been put into action to help sort out the lives of people on Earth. A down-on-his-luck young man named Choi Joon-woong (K-pop idol Rowoon), in an attempt to save a homeless man's life, is swept into the supernatural world. He's given a choice to return to his body and lie in a coma for months, or work for a team of grim reapers who attempt to prevent suicide among humans. What will Joon-woong be able to do to help, if anything?
Is It Any Good?
Part sci-fi, part drama, this show argues important issues of whether suicide is something to be ashamed of or whether it's a massive cry for help. Because Tomorrow has a goofy hero and is riddled with slide-whistle sound effects, it's hard to take the arguments seriously. Nonetheless, as the director of the grim reapers' company points out, 40 Koreans commit suicide every day.
The topic of suicide is complicated, especially for those whose lives have been touched by it. As such, this show might be difficult for younger teens to sort out. Are there moral lessons to be learned? Maybe. Is the sci-fi aspect intriguing? Yes. But at times, it's a challenge to figure out whether this show is making light of suicide, or taking the discussion to a more abstract philosophical level. Parents might want to keep an eye on teens who are watching Tomorrow.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about suicide prevention in Tomorrow. How do the characters -- both supernatural and human -- deal with people who are suicidal? What do you know about mental wellness? Here are some tips to help you learn more about mental health.
Characters drink alcohol in this series to cope with stress. What are the consequences in this show of drinking too much?
Death is literally a business in this series. How does making light of death make you feel?
- Premiere date: April 1, 2022
- Cast: Rowoon
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: April 5, 2022
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