Is Lockwood and Co on Netflix okay for kids?

By Miguel Fernández
Published: January 29, 2023
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Is Lockwood and Co on Netflix okay for kids? We discuss the critically acclaimed series and provide advice for parents.

Joe Cornish is back in the mix with his Netflix series Lockwood and Co., a fantasy series based on the young adult book series of the same name by Jonathan Stroud. It follows three kids who operate a small, ghost-hunting startup in London that, unlike any other, has no adult supervision. The already-released first season covers the first two out of the five books.

The series has gathered a mildly positive response so far and could do good business for Netflix, coming off of another young adult massive hit on Wednesday. Because it features three teenagers, one might think it’s apt for kids to watch. However, the show’s rating might have something different to say about it, prompting the question of whether or not it’s appropriate for kids.

What is Lockwood and Co on Netflix about?

Lockwood and Co follows a group of three teenagers investigating paranormal activities who set up their own company in London, avoiding any adult supervision. Said startup is called Lockwood and Co. and is run by Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman), a passionate kid that uses emotional walls to shield himself from his traumatic past. He is joined by two sidekicks, the savvy and very intelligent George, the company’s researcher and a great field agent, and the impulsive and stubborn Lucy (Ruby Stokes), who is the latest addition to the group with an exceptional talent for listening.

From Netflix, here is the official synopsis of Lockwood and Co.:

“In a world plagued by ghosts, where giant corporations employ psychic teens to battle the supernatural, only one company operates without adult supervision, and its name is Lockwood & Co. Run by Anthony Lockwood, a rebellious young entrepreneur haunted by his mysterious past, his brilliant but eccentric sidekick George and a newly arrived, supremely gifted girl called Lucy, this renegade trio are about to unravel a terrifying mystery that will change the course of history.”

Is Lockwood and Co. on Netflix okay for kids?

As usual, this will depend on the kid’s age, level of maturity, and the parents’ judgment. It is not recommended for children under 14 because of strong language and violent scenes, so it might not be entirely appropriate for, say, eight-year-olds. As hinted by the subject matter, there might also be some slightly spooky scenes featuring ghosts and paranormal entities that younger children may be frightened by.

What is the age rating for Lockwood and Co.?

The Netflix series Lockwood and Co. has been rated TV-14 in the US and has received a 12 classification in the UK, meaning it’s not recommended for kids under that age. That is also the case for Spain, Norway, and the Netherlands, while other countries like France and India caution children under 13 not to watch. Parents on the fence may be encouraged to check out a couple of episodes first to see if it’s alright for the kids to watch it too.

Why is Lockwood and Co. rated TV-14?

The reasoning behind the TV-14 rating of Lockwood and Co. is based on some strong language and profanity, sex, drugs, and alcohol references, and also violent and intense sequences that may not be appropriate for the younger kids in the house.

Obviously, these are guidelines for parents to take into consideration when allowing their children to watch the series. Teenagers on the edge of the age range might not be put off by it, while kids under 10 might be advised not to check it out.

Have you checked it out yet? Are your kids too young, or do you think this will be a good show to watch with them? Let us know in the comments!

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