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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Thoughtfully creepy sci-fi has lots of sex and violence.

TV HBO Drama 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 16+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 18+

Pornographic Scenes, NOT for TV 14

For the people commenting that kids 12 if mature enough, or even older kids can watch this show, is very alarming. It seems Pornographic scenes in shows are becoming the new standard for TV 14. This is not a healthy way for our teens to learn about sex. Please pay better attention to what our children are seeing and give more accurate reviews. A concerned parent. Otherwise, the show is interesting, a little on the slow side, but interesting and artistic.
age 18+

There are better scifi shows out there.

Typical violence plus nudity, though this could have been done without it. It gets tiresome.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Thoughtful, twisty, and disturbing, this grim series digs into just what it means to be human and presents viewers with more questions than answers. The 1973 movie was creepy and effective but a lark -- this is darker and even more troubling. The villains aren't as easy to spot in this new version. Ed Harris' Man in Black is the most obvious one, a guest taking vile jollies in his freedom to mess with Hosts like Evan Rachel Wood's doe-eyed Southern belle Dolores and James Marsden's square-jawed gunslinger Teddy.

As we watch the sympathetic Hosts take physical and emotional abuse from both Newcomers and the scientists who created them, it becomes clear that no one's a hero here -- not the thoughtless humans, not the helpless robots, and most definitely not the cynical people who write the park's scripts and steer the Host/Newcomer interactions. Are the makers of Westworld actually asking us to sympathize with robots rising up against humans? They sure are -- and they're doing a bang-up job of it, too. This is the best kind of sci-fi: It entertains you and makes you think.

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