Vanished with Beth Holloway



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

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series claims to want to assist the families of missing persons, but this message is often lost in the sensational way their stories are told.

Positive role models

Beth Holloway is an outspoken advocate for the families of missing persons, and is openly compassionate towards them, though she's not a skilled TV personality.


Violence and alleged violent acts (kidnapping, beatings, murder, etc.), as they relate to the victims, are frequently discussed.


Alleged sexual assaults are discussed.


Occasional profanity is fully bleeped.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Natalee Holloway was thought to have been drunk and/or purposely drugged when she disappeared.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dramatic docuseries discusses missing persons cases against the backdrop of the highly-publicized 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. It contains discussions about potentially violent and/or deadly criminal acts, as well as actual video footage of victims before their disappearance, and of people allegedly associated with their disappearance. Occasional strong language is fully bleeped.  Despite its TV-PG rating, the series is not intended for kids. Older and/or more sensitive viewers may also find what is discussed here disturbing.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

VANISHED WITH BETH HOLLOWAY is a docuseries produced to help people find loved ones who have mysteriously disappeared, been abducted, and/or who are potential victims of violent crimes. Hosted by Beth Holloway, the mother of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, the show presents information about missing persons cases through the use of interviews, video footage, and reenactments. It also invites viewers to assist them with on-going investigations in hopes of bringing the missing home, and/or bringing someone to justice.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media can be used to serve the public. What are the different ways that television, radio, and the Internet can be used to help find the missing and/or help solve crimes? Can you think of other ways that the media can help people?

  • What is the difference between being informative and being sensational? Do you think Beth Holloway is expected to approach the stories presented here objectively? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Beth Holloway
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

This review of Vanished with Beth Holloway was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide