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1000 Ways to Die

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Campy unscripted series is morbid and exploitative.

TV Spike Reality TV 2008
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age 15+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 18+

Good show, but NOT for kids or the faint of heart

This TV show informs the viewers on ways people have died, using dramatizations and a 3D animated replica of the human body to show how they died. WARNING: The show features a lot of sexual innuendos, blood and gore, violence, and scenes that will make those with weak stomachs gag. Not for anyone under 15 minimum.
age 18+

Messed up

There is nothing educational about this show. All the show is about is people making fun of others deaths which were not recreated exactly therefore not understanding the reality of some situations and ultimately made the show seem redundant. Emotionally scaring if watched at a young age. I would wach with my dad as a child and I had so many night terrors from it. The rating is ridiculously low parents if you have kids under 18 nearby when watching please just change what your watching or like make sure they're emotionally ready to watch something so dark

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (51 ):

This morbid, campy series presents each death story in a way that's intended to be both voyeuristic and amusing. Each tale is accompanied by graphic novel-type images and tongue-in-cheek titles (for example, the story of a man who froze in a meat locker is titled "Freeze Died") to add humor, and some of the commentary offers ironic speculations about what people were thinking and/or the lessons they learned while they lay dying. And, of course, it's all accompanied by disturbing images -- both real and reenacted -- of gruesome injuries and people in the moments just before their death.

The show offers limited scientific information about how the body can fatally react to certain things. But its real focus is on exploiting the unorthodox ways that people have died over the years. Although the names of the deceased are changed to protect their privacy, the choice to make their final moments a source of entertainment reflects a disturbing lack of sensitivity. This troubling lack of compassion -- along with the show's endless parade of graphic images -- makes it a poor choice for young kids and very iffy even for teens.

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