Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to


By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence and occult themes in surreal multilingual horror.

1899-- TV Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Rape is not entertainment.

5 stars for the visual attention to detail and deeply interesting story, but zero stars for one particular thing: This show would have been perfectly fine without the sickening and brutal rape scene in episode 6. Why was this done? So unnecessary, disturbing, emotionally difficult and shocking to have to suffer through. The images are burned into my mind even after turning it off. It was not only brutal but LONG, seemingly taking up close to 5-8 minutes of scenery. I know there are people who will say stories like this need to be told, but those stories don't necessarily need to be acted out on a 60-inch screen, at an extended length, in high-def, depicted close-up, through a wide-angle lens. Yikes. Also, this is fiction. The "story" is just that - a story- and could have been written and depicted with more of an eye towards survivors rather than people who are unaffected (or worse) while watching rape scenes. The remainder of the show, its mood, and its intensity would have remained peak entertainment. Why would you expose someone who has not been raped to the tragedy of this experience? Why expose survivors to a reminder of their experience? This scene was so clearly added for shock value and to appease an ever-more-darkening consumerist entertainment base. Humiliating and painful, sexual violence is a very real part of life, not a plot point to exploit and drag out for the sake of appearing artistic. I am most certainly fine with language, consentual intimacy/sex scenes, violence, and other theatrical elements when age appropriate, and always thrilled when the story of a survivor is told. The show also contains references to human trafficking, slavery, inclusive relationships - all side stories that one can happily laud as great plot points which add depth without being despicable. I am however not here for the act of rape being glamorised, stage lit, and enjoyed over popcorn. The length and detail of the scene was disturbing and made me question how this kind of entertainment would be received as enjoyable or fascinating - unless watched (and created) by someone who enjoyed sexual violence. I was forced to put an age on this rating, so I did put 18+, but would absolutely never recommend this show to anyone regardless of age. The very idea of watching something like this with my daughter only to have her suddenly and visually exposed to images of debilitating and extreme sexual violence makes me feel deeply sad. Whether you are or your child is a survivor or not, I see no purpose in watching this. I wish I hadn't seen it. It will stay with me a long time.
age 18+

Horror and rape are not for teens or children.

I watched the entire first series but had difficulty sleeping for a few days. A little disturbing and horror scenes are hard to digest. Rape is hard to see. It is something to watch not before bedtime (at least for minds like mine) I will never let my teens see this specially knowing how much exposure to social media they are and their minds never quiet. This show is not appropriate for teens in my opinion. We are a family of teens and 9 year old and will never recommend to any other parent. This show does take your mind to an off comfort zone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate