TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Podcast-turned-TV-show digs into creepy history.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Real historical anecdotes are told through narration, reenactments, and animated segments, which will without a doubt make viewers interested in learning more about different events and people in history. However, since Lore concentrates largely on dark/creepy subjects, parents may think twice about letting younger viewers watch, knowing what they might find online or in books. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The focus here is on things that have happened, not the people they have happened to as much -- thus, a lack of role models. Viewers may take inspiration from the fact that creator Aaron Mahnke was just a guy who started a podcast and now he has his own TV show. 


Lore is a historical show that focuses on eerie things -- expect to see unsettling imagery. Examples: a realistic drawing of a man hanging from a noose, historical etchings of terrified people buried alive, a man who envisions his dead wife returning from the grave. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lore, based on a podcast, looks at real historical incidents that have some type of link with folklore, myth, or urban legends. Viewers may be more interested in history after watching, particularly in the topics covered on the show. However, since much of the subject matter is dark and creepy, this may be a mixed blessing and may make parents reconsider allowing tweens and younger to watch. There's plenty of spooky imagery that may disturb younger viewers, such as historical drawings of people who were buried alive, realistic images of a man hanging from a bridge by a noose, graphics illustrating historical tests to see if people were really dead, like sticking needles underneath a toenail. Reenactments show occasional blood and injuries. However, if your kids' interest leans toward the spooky, this may be a fun watch for families with teens. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJjshelo September 28, 2018

Not appropriate for kids

My 12 year old watched the episode about the dolls. She was hysterical that evening and the following day. It is not appropriate for all kids. The school showed... Continue reading
Adult Written byCassandra C. May 9, 2018

Brief Nudity

brief nudity, historic photo of a dead body
Teen, 13 years old Written bysilverslls November 25, 2018

Scary, but Good

If your kids like horror and history, then they will love this tv show. When I watched this, I was terrified at first, but then its was okay. There are some par... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 8, 2018

This TV show is for mature children

This show is scary but not as scary as something like IT.The first season didn't scare me but the second season did.The only scary episode on season 1 is a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the popular podcast of the same name, LORE digs into the odd and creepy in history. How did a raging family case of tuberculosis lead to the most well-documented vampire hunt in historical America? When a 19th-century Irishman believed that a fairy changeling had been substituted for his wife, what happened next? Hosted by creator Aaron Mahnke, LORE (the show) uses dramatic reenactments, historical images, and animation to explore the point at which reality meets myth. 

Is it any good?

Arresting in an educational TV kind of way, this series exists in the place where the Venn diagram for "creepy," "historical," and "interesting" intersects. New viewers may not even realize the show is built on the bones of a podcast, also named Lore, also hosted by Mahnke, who narrates here (in a slightly robotic tone that may make more than one viewer question whether it's a person or AI giving the skinny on Houdini and lobotomies). And the show's subject material translates well to a visual medium, particularly when historical images make Mahnke's anecdotes come vividly alive. 

The show is a little less effective during some of the reenactments, which have the same slightly cheesy air TV reenactments are generally known for. They also drag on in some episodes: A man's family members each die slowly of tuberculosis before we get to the point of one episode, that corpses were exhumed in order to check if they were undead. Did we really need to see each member coughing bloody messes into handkerchiefs to get the point that he was grief-stricken? No matter -- Lore is great viewing for people who like to mesmerize (or alienate) people at cocktail parties with sinister chatter about weird happenings, even if it drags at some points. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lore's appeal. How is it different from a horror movie or a documentary that focuses on a more common historical subject, like a war or an important new invention? 

  • Why do people like stories about death, dying, torture, illness, and other "unpleasant" subjects? What is interesting about these subjects? 

  • Do you listen to the podcast this series is based on? If you like this show, will you like the podcast, and vice versa? Do you know of any other podcasts that became TV shows? 

TV details

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