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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that When the Street Lights Go On is a murder mystery about a student journalist who investigates the deaths of a teacher and a fellow student. Though the show takes place in a high school and has a lighter, Veronica Mars-esque vibe, it does have a lot of mature content, including underage sex, statutory rape, and underage drinking. Full-frontal male nudity is shown within the first few minutes, and the show features relationships between underage students and adult teenagers, and includes a scene where a man and a woman are forced to strip at gunpoint.
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What's the story?
In WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON, when a student and her teacher are murdered, a high school journalist (Ben Ahlers) decides to cover the story for the school newspaper. As he investigates the crime, he uncovers unsettling parts of his hometown that few people knew existed.
Is it any good?
A murder mystery is an ambitious use of Quibi's short-form platform: 10-minute episodes seem like a tough way to establish a complex web of suspects and motives. But When the Street Lights Go On's brief installments feel confident and content-rich, each revealing as much information as, say, a chapter of a novel. The screenplay has been floating around for years, reaching some notoriety, and this is an interesting way to finally see it presented. With continued solid writing and complex but clear storytelling, it's probably worth sticking around to see the murderer unveiled.
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