A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Set at the end of the 19th century; some historical information about the station and background of people of the time. A handful of languages are spoken, introducing viewers to the sounds and words used in other parts of the world.
Believe in yourself. Health and sanity are crucial to well-being. Speak up for yourself. Be brave when you're asked for help. Don't give up. Trust your gut. Ask for help. Work as a team to better the whole group. Communicate respectfully.
Positive Role Models
Some people in powerful positions are kind to others; others abuse their power. Social structures dictate certain behaviors toward others, though noble behavior can be found among all classes, as can vice.
The majority of characters are White Europeans who come from differing backgrounds. Women's power and autonomy are limited.
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Violence & Scariness
Sexual violence, violence, captivity, medical trauma, fighting, mutilation, threat of bodily harm. Perilous scenes, frightening images and situations, occult themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual violence, people having sex while partially clothed, nudity.
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"F---ing," "hell," "s--t," "bitch," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tobacco use. Adults drink alcohol with meals; a character is alcohol dependent, which affects his work.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 1899 is an eerie horror series that takes place on a steamship crossing the Atlantic. A woman traveling alone has flashbacks of being held captive and subjected to medical abuse. There are sexual situations, and a steamship has been abandoned; the crew and passengers are missing and presumably dead. Violent and frightening images are common, including those of rape and captivity. Language includes "f--k," "hell," and "damn." Character strengths include communication and perseverance. Characters speak English, German, Danish, French, Cantonese, and Spanish -- with subtitles.
Is It Any Good?
Haunting and dark, this spooky series plumbs the depths of perception and human capacity. In 1899, a ship has been lost at sea for four months, and another ship in its fleet hears its plea via Morse code. Some passengers seem connected by the symbols they wear or carry, some seem to be innocents caught in a surreal web as the sea churns, and compasses spin.
Some viewers might be compelled to continue the voyage with the multilingual crew of the Kerberos (aka Cerberus, the hound of the Greek god of the underworld, Hades). But be warned, there are scary things that have happened at sea, and they might stick with sensitive viewers. Adults who crave a little sophistication with their serving of horror (Kate Chopin's book The Awakening, found on a main character's bedside table, might serve as a clue) might feel right at home with the purposeful setting. Some might feel bludgeoned by the unsubtle trickery. Teens will want to see this one -- but its occult vibes and violent undertones might overwhelm sensitive viewers.
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