666 Park Avenue

Common Sense Media says

Creepy drama has devilish themes and dark, violent visuals.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall mood is dark and foreboding, and there's a pervasive and powerful sense of evil. Evil almost always triumphs over good.

Positive role models

A few characters are flat-out evil, but most of the others have made serious moral compromises, even agreeing to kill to get what they want. A teen character steals items from fellow tenants; other characters who walk away from temptation typically meet an untimely end.

Violence

Violence isn't constant, but there are sudden, scary moments involving blood, ghosts, and gruesome imagery. A woman's body gets caught in an elevator, a man's hands are covered in blood, a woman jumps off a building, etc.

Sex

Sexual innuendo and suggested nudity, with bare shoulders, bale male chests, etc. Some kissing and onscreen seduction.

Language

Light use of words like "hell," "crap," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, sometimes to excess.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 666 Park Avenue has its fair share of scares, but violence isn't constant. That said, be prepared for some sudden, semi-shocking moments involving blood, ghosts, and gruesome imagery (like a woman getting caught in an elevator door). There's some sexy stuff, too, mostly in the realm of innuendo, although nudity and sexual activity are suggested. Characters drink socially, sometimes to the point of excess, and use words like "hell," "crap," and "bitch."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When ambitious couple Henry Martin (Dave Annable) and Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) land cushy new jobs as the co-managers of a posh Manhattan apartment building, they gain part-time employment along with impossibly luxurious digs. But the more they get to know the other residents at 666 PARK AVENUE -- including their mysterious employer (Terry O'Quinn) and his glamorous wife (Vanessa Williams) -- the more they begin to wonder whether they've made a deal with the devil himself.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

A blend of Rosemary's Baby, the BBC's Bedlam, and Ghostbusters (minus the proton packs), 666 Park Avenue is hardly the most original -- or believable -- show on television. But it still delivers some well-produced scares along with an effectively intriguing premise that makes you want to keep tabs on the Drake's seemingly doomed tenants, if that's your thing. It's also a decent pick for parents and teens to watch together, with nothing too scary or too sexy to get too worried about.

There's an element of camp as well, and that's much-needed in terms of tone. (Because, let's face it: how seriously can you take a script that has the devil and his wife living on Park Avenue?) Much like ABC's soapy drama Revenge, this has "guilty pleasure" written all over it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of spooky programming with supernatural themes. Why are ghosts and otherworldly beings such trendy fodder for movies, TV shows, and other media?

  • Do you think 666 Park Avenue is scary enough, or could it be scarier? Why do people purposely choose to watch things that will frighten them? What's the appeal?

  • How does this series differ from the book that inspired it? What reasons would the show's writers and producers have for making the changes they did?

TV details

Cast:Rachael Taylor, Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byfriendlyllama November 4, 2012
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11
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not too bad for young teens and tweens

Perhaps not the best series for kids, but I'd say it's fine for teenagers and OK for tweens who can handle this kind of violence. Know your kid and maybe watch a couple episodes with them to make sure they're OK with it.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmily Buxengaard October 1, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Great for teens who like horror

A great, thrilling drama with some dark twists. I'm 12 and I think it might not be OK for immature tweens, but for teens, it's great.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bydr dew September 10, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

no way just no way

well i for one ont even think this show should be on due to the content and the subjeck but then agin thats just one mans thoughts but i ahte the fact of knowing that i have to put up with more of the devil than i have to and will for sure not be watching this program

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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