A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on the unorthodox ways that people have died -- without expressing much sensitivity or compassion. Different cultural approaches to death and various ancient death rituals are discussed briefly.
Positive Role Models
Since the people featured in each story change (and the main ones are already dead), there aren't any consistent negative or positive role models, per se. Experts are interviewed, but they're just there to present scientific information objectively.
Violence & Scariness
Endless violent reenactments of people's final moments, including images of airplanes crashing into mountains and people freezing to death, suddenly being electrocuted, etc. Some reenactments include close ups of the dead "bodies" (with their eyes open) and fake bloody wounds. There are also gruesome real-life images of injuries like black frostbitten toes. One home video captures a young woman falling to her death from 12,000 feet while someone screams in the background. References to sexual assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation and a play on the term "wet dreams." One story refers to a pregnant teenager, while another features the death of a "peeping Tom." On a few occasions, women in skimpy underwear are visible.
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Language includes words like "hell" and "damn." One story is titled "Butt F***ed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to alcohol and drugs if/when they pertain to the strange way a person died.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this reality series about unconventional deaths includes some brief scientific explanations of the tragic events, overall the show focuses more on exploiting the victims' final moments than on teaching people how to prevent them. Expect lots of graphic reenactments and real-life images of people's final moments and gruesome injuries. There's also some strong sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation), iffy language, and references to drinking.
Is It Any Good?
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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