Twisted

Common Sense Media says

Edgy melodrama hooks teens with mystery, murder.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a subtle message that people aren't always what they seem -- both for better and for worse. Heroes and villains aren't clearly defined.

Positive role models

The two main characters, Danny and Jo, maintain their individuality in spite of considerable peer pressure to assimilate, but they don't always make positive choices. As a role model, Danny is especially murky, having killed his own aunt five years ago.

Violence

The plot revolves around a series of murders, although most of the physical violence is left to the imagination. Some blood and dead bodies, along with bullying in the form of name-calling.

Sex

Mostly sexual tension and flirtation. Some teens talk about having sex.

Language

Gateway words like "hell," "damn," and "ass," plus cheeky terms like "numb nuts," "douche," and "bang."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens drink underage at unchaperoned parties, where there's pressure to do shots and get drunk. Repercussions aren't obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Twisted centers on a seemingly connected series of murders involving tweens and high school students. There's some blood, along with dead bodies, but most of the violence is suggested rather than shown. Teen characters drink alcohol at parties, sometimes to excess, and use language like "hell," "damn," and "ass," along with slang like "numb nuts," "douche" and "bang." There's also some sexual tension, along with stereotypical high school politics and subtle bullying (mostly in the form of name-calling).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Five years after killing his aunt, 16-year-old Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) returns to his hometown and starts high school under the watchful eyes of his suspicious classmates, who've nicknamed him "Socio" -- short for sociopath. But just when Danny's started making inroads with his two best childhood friends -- social outcast Jo (Maddie Hasson) and uber-popular Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) -- a fellow student turns up dead, and Danny becomes the prime suspect in a TWISTED murder plot.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Armed with a charismatic male lead and an effectively suspenseful plot, Twisted has the potential to snare fans of teen-centric thrillers like Pretty Little Liars. But dialogue that's average at best -- coupled with a few far-from-gripping performances (see: Denise Richards) -- make this moody mystery so-so rather than stellar.

If anything's worth tuning in for, it's Jogia's magnetic performance as suspected "sociopath" Danny Desai, who proves a perfect blend of chilling and charming. He's also got great comic timing, resulting in a likable antihero you can't help but hope is innocent.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about high school politics and the social rules that determine the "in" crowd -- and the outcasts. How do the social groups portrayed on Twisted compare to real-life high school cliques? How realistic are the characters and their social behavior?

  • How do Danny and Jo measure up as role models? Do you view Danny as a generally good person or a generally bad person? Is he a hero or a villain -- and does it matter?

  • What are the real-life consequences of partying and underage drinking? How common is underage drinking among teens you know?

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Teen, 16 years old Written byjm97 June 25, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

A solid mystery.

I watched the first episode simply because it was on after Pretty Little Liars, and I didn't really know whether I liked it yet. I decided to give it another chance, and I just finished the third episode. This show has really started to grow on me! I love a good mystery, and Twisted is definitely a show filled with it. It centers around Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), a teenager who returns to his hometown after a five year stint in Juvie for killing his aunt. Jogia's performance is actually quite good, much better than I expected it to be. His comedic timing is stellar, and he has the ability to be likeable yet suspicious at the same time. He quickly regains his friendship with former best friend, Jo, played by Madelaine Hasson. At first I didn't really like Jo, but I've really come to enjoy the character. I like her wit, quirkiness, and she is really cute in the role; someone you want to be friends with. Lacey, another old friend of Danny's, played by Kylie Bunbury, is not so quick to welcome him back. Altogether, I really think that this could be a great show. Will it be as huge as Pretty Little Liars? Maybe not, but I think fans of the show will like it. I really enjoy some of the dialogue on the show, and I really like to murder mystery aspect. It does have a warning before it airs that viewer discretion is advised because of adult themes, but I think a mature thirteen year old could handle this.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old June 17, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

C+ or B- for kids

Some inopropriate material. I don't think it's not that bad as long as there is a parent around to say whats wrong and right.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bybridgitriley354 June 10, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

The truth about the show!

I think it is age appropriate for 11 and up. It odes have some violence but not horribly. blood it some but not to much
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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