Consider Hunter Street a kind of mystery series wrapped in light-hearted family humor. Teenager Max is the new kid in a foster family with four other children, and one morning they awake to an alarming development: Foster parents Erik and Kate are nowhere to be found.
Encoded maps, secret rooms, ancient artifacts, a menacing bad guy … The kids must work together to track down and interpret clues in hopes of revealing what happened. That’s complicated by the challenge of keeping up appearances so folks in the outside world believe everything is fine in the Hunter household. And just when it seems like they’ve cracked the case, a package arrives at their home and another mystery begins.
Set in Amsterdam, Hunter Street was co-developed with Nickelodeon Netherlands television, and produced in the Netherlands. Its adventurous tone and above-average production value make the series approachable for audiences everywhere. The foster siblings figure out how to work together, forging familial bonds as they sleuth around town. Their escapades include a fair number of physical gags and lighthearted jokes but those don’t detract from the air of mystery. Young viewers who like a “whodunit” are likely to enjoy the overarching storyline in each season of the series, along with the subplots baked into each episode. As amusing and diverting television viewing goes, parents can feel good about letting kids indulge in this feel-good guilty pleasure.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.