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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Truth Seekers is a comedy science fiction series starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. The show is similar in tone to Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy also starring Frost and Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End) in that it uses jokes and visual humor to tell what is essentially a horror story. Violence is shown sparingly, if at all, though violent acts are sometimes hinted at visually (for example, a dog's skeleton is shown in a way that implies in has been murdered). The ghosts and monsters that appear are often genuinely unsettling, but the show ultimately takes those scary elements in a direction of weirdness and humor. Many horror comedies rely on previous knowledge of horror, but Truth Seekers is actually a fun introduction to the genre for teen viewers because it delivers as a comic thriller, all without directly referencing other works for its jokes.
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What's the story?
Truth Seekers is the video channel that Gus Roberts (Nick Frost) runs as a side gig to his day job installing and repairing internet lines for the massive broadband company SMYLE. In his work, he also happens to encounter plenty of strange phenomena. When Gus's boss, Dave (Simon Pegg), assigns him a rookie partner to train, things start to get really weird. Everywhere Gus and his trainee Elton John (Samson Kayo) show up for internet service repairs seems to have some sort of mysterious connection to the supernatural.
Is it any good?
Many of the best horror comedies work by commenting on other movies or characters, either through reference-heavy satires like Scary Movie or meta commentaries like The Cabin in the Woods -- but Truth Seekers stands alone beautifully. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg also write the series, which delivers genuine laughs and scares without gross-out jokes or gore. Best of all, instead of simply stretching a movie idea out to match the length of the series, Truth Seekers embraces the episodic format by deftly telling many intertwining stories while also making each episode a monster-of-the-week type of experience for those who want to stretch out their enjoyment of the series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about SMYLE. Where do Gus Roberts and Elton John work? How seriously do they take their jobs? Why does Gus like his job so much? What makes him good at it?
How many mysteries can you count in Truth Seekers? Are any of them related to one another? Why do you think Gus and Elton encounter so many strange things?
What supernatural events seem to happen on this show? Could there be any rational explanation for them? Or is this a Scooby Doo-type situation where something else might be going on? Could it be both?
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