TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Stranger Things-style Indian horror series charms, scares.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Supernatural themes including the presence of ghosts, magical powers, and curses. Friendship, parenting, infidelity, and death are also addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Ghost Club is curious, but not always brave. Sam’s father is a committed single parent. Jenny and Peter Fernandes have their problems. Some people aren’t always who they seem to be. 


Bloody, violent assaults are visible. Supernatural events lead to people dying in mysterious (and horrible) ways. 


Some innuendo, and not-so-subtle references to infidelity. 


Curses like "s--t" and "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunken behavior occasionally visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Typewriter is an Indian (dubbed into English) supernatural series about a book, a haunted house, and a group of young ghost hunters. It’s not as terror-driven as some horror shows, but expect lots of suspenseful moments, as well as frightening, bloody scenes that result in death. Curses are audible, drinking, drunken behavior, and violent assaults are visible. There are some mature themes, too, including infidelity and the death of a beloved parent.  

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bybanjoloveswilly August 15, 2019

there was no typewriters!!!!

if you want to see typewriters in a movie this isn't for you, I'm honestly appalled about the fact that there was extreme false advertisement :(
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2021

Very creepy, but with a comedic edge to it that is easy to notice.

The series is only 5 episodes long, but it was 5 episodes that were all epic.
Violence 7/10
Not usually graphic, but blood is visible. People die in very weird... Continue reading

What's the story?

TYPEWRITER is an Indian horror series about a book, a haunted house, and a group of young ghost hunters. It was in 1983 when writer Madhav Matthews (Kanwaljit Singh) died of a heart attack while his granddaughter Jenny (Trisha Jain) was staying with him at Bardez Villa, in Goa. But there are strange circumstances surrounding his death, including the mysterious completion of his book, The Ghost of Sultanpore, which Matthews had only begun to write that very day. Now Sameera “Sam” Anand (Aarna Sharma), along with schoolmates Satyajit “Gablu” Tandon (Mikhail Gandhi), Devraj Banerjee “Bunty” Dutta (Palash Kamble), and Sam’s dog Buddy are using the book to help find the ghost that legends claim haunt the house, much to the chagrin of Sam’s father, local police Inspector Anand (Purab Kohli). But when Jenny (Palomi Ghosh), now an adult, moves into Bardez Villa along with her husband Peter Fernandes (Sameer Kochhar), and their kids, Anya (Sara Gesawat) and Nikhil (Aaryansh Malviya), odd things start to happen, people begin to die in mysterious ways, and Sam and her friends must face terrifying circumstances. 

Is it any good?

This TV adaptation of a web series spins a ghostly tale that's more charming than terrifying. While it has suspense and some bloody, scary moments, the pace of the series is set by the young members of the Ghost Club, who consistently find themselves caught up in some sort of mischief while pursuing their spirit-hunting passion. The interactions between the extended cast makes for some comical moments, reveals romantic tensions, and churns out subsequent plot lines. While these inevitably collide with the supernatural narrative at various points in the story world, chances are it will remind you of popular stateside shows like Stranger Things than darker, more horror-driven series like The Haunting of Hill HouseThose looking for a more traditional variation of the genre may be disappointed by the lack of extra scary stuff, but what Typewriter presents is well-written, extremely entertaining, and oddly addictive. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror TV series and films. How is it possible be creepy or frightening without showing lots of gore or graphic violence? What are some of the ways that television and film creators can accomplish this? Do you think Typewriter is scary?

  • What are some of the challenges that come with importing a series or film from another country to the United States? What about vice versa? How can global audiences appreciate stories from countries or communities outside their own?

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