Parents' Guide to

Twelve Forever

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wonderfully weird show has heart; expect weapons, fighting.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

It good

age 7+


Very creative and fun!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (23 ):

Twelve Forever is a surprisingly touching show that will appeal to older kids, teens, and adults. Real life for Reggie, Todd, and Esther in Bethune, Iowa, is drab and stressful, while Endless Island is an '80s-era fever dream: all exploding color, bizarre creatures with cute voices, ice cream cone forests, and life-size, rideable balloon animals. The quirky characters are reminiscent of Adventure Time, and fans of that show are likely to be pleased with this one.

What makes Twelve Forever unique is the show's compassionate core. Unlike in their real lives, the friends experience acceptance and unconditional love on Endless. The lessons that come on the island feel well-earned; they aren't forced upon the kids as they often are back at school and home. The non-stereotypical gender representations and same-gender attraction/love have a light touch and feel natural.The friends' reliance on fighting and weapons to resolve conflicts is a concern, though it's entirely bloodless, and their victims are mostly fantasy creatures and villains. Younger kids might be baffled by the humor and the intense weirdness of Endless Island, but tweens and teens are sure to love this fun new show.

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