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Vanished with Beth Holloway

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tabloid-style missing persons series hosted by victim's mom.

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Like America's Most Wanted, the series attempts to serve families who are being victimized by the disappearance and/or loss of their loved ones by using television as a way to generate information about cases to resolve and bring closure to the people involved. With the help of the show's website, it also offers tips and other information designed to help people keep safe from potential predators.

The show's focus on theories and speculation rather than concrete facts (which are often unavailable) makes it seem more sensational than informative. Holloway's continuous references to her own efforts to uncover the truth behind her daughter's 2005 disappearance, combined with her obvious inexperience as a television host and interviewer, also contributes to the show's tabloid-like nature. As a result, it's a little too easy to lose sight of the positive things the series' creators are trying to accomplish.

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