A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
An upper-class character acts condescendingly toward a middle-class character because of money issues; a male character offers a respectable female character money for sex, knowing she's desperate for cash.
Violence & Scariness
Some fistfights; also, a dead character is shown lying in a pool of blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple making out; girl with top off but wearing a bra; sex is vaguely implied but not shown or talked about explicitly.
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Mild language ("jerk-off").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Liberal use of alcohol by teens at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some of the characters in this series -- adults as well as teens -- aren't the best role models. Priorities are skewed: A dad wants his snowboarding-champion son to sign endorsements and do talk shows, but restricts the son's choices; meanwhile, the son should be focusing on promoting himself positively but is drawn in by the hard-partying lifestyle of the rich and famous. Plus, rich people make lower-class people feel worthless and friends as well as siblings are sarcastic and condescending toward each other.
Is It Any Good?
Although Whistler's premise is intriguing enough (even if it is rather morbid for a teen series), the show is unfortunately weighed down by a script that spends too much time focusing on the negative side of almost every character or relationship. Not only are the teen characters condescending toward each other, but many of the adults don't seem to like or respect each other, men treat women in a demeaning manner, and everyone lacks the maturity to get along.
The all-Canadian cast generally does a decent job (especially the younger actors), but they can't overcome the mediocre script, and some of the more wooden performances by the adults are decidedly cringe-inducing. There's little warmth to any of the characters, which makes it hard to care about their plight. In the end, while it's admirable for a teen-oriented series to take a risk and address life's not-so-sunny side, Whistler goes too far in that direction -- kids will probably prefer more lighthearted teen fare.
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