666 Park Avenue

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Creepy drama has devilish themes and dark, violent visuals.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The overall mood is dark and foreboding, and there's a pervasive and powerful sense of evil. Evil almost always triumphs over good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A few characters are flat-out evil, but most of the others have made serious moral compromises, even agreeing to kill to get what they want. A teen character steals items from fellow tenants; other characters who walk away from temptation typically meet an untimely end.

Violence

Violence isn't constant, but there are sudden, scary moments involving blood, ghosts, and gruesome imagery. A woman's body gets caught in an elevator, a man's hands are covered in blood, a woman jumps off a building, etc.

Sex

Sexual innuendo and suggested nudity, with bare shoulders, bale male chests, etc. Some kissing and onscreen seduction.

Language

Light use of words like "hell," "crap," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, sometimes to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 666 Park Avenue has its fair share of scares, but violence isn't constant. That said, be prepared for some sudden, semi-shocking moments involving blood, ghosts, and gruesome imagery (like a woman getting caught in an elevator door). There's some sexy stuff, too, mostly in the realm of innuendo, although nudity and sexual activity are suggested. Characters drink socially, sometimes to the point of excess, and use words like "hell," "crap," and "bitch."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydr dew September 10, 2012

no way just no way

well i for one ont even think this show should be on due to the content and the subjeck but then agin thats just one mans thoughts but i ahte the fact of knowin... Continue reading
Adult Written bycindy.1980 October 21, 2012

Well written but scary for younger children & some teens

This is well written and engaging without gratuitous sex, violence or fear mongering, BUT enough frightening supernatural content to lead to nightmares in young... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfriendlyllama November 4, 2012

not too bad for young teens and tweens

Perhaps not the best series for kids, but I'd say it's fine for teenagers and OK for tweens who can handle this kind of violence. Know your kid and m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmily Buxengaard October 1, 2012

Great for teens who like horror

A great, thrilling drama with some dark twists. I'm 12 and I think it might not be OK for immature tweens, but for teens, it's great.

What's the story?

When ambitious couple Henry Martin (Dave Annable) and Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) land cushy new jobs as the co-managers of a posh Manhattan apartment building, they gain part-time employment along with impossibly luxurious digs. But the more they get to know the other residents at 666 PARK AVENUE -- including their mysterious employer (Terry O'Quinn) and his glamorous wife (Vanessa Williams) -- the more they begin to wonder whether they've made a deal with the devil himself.

Is it any good?

A blend of Rosemary's Baby, the BBC's Bedlam, and Ghostbusters (minus the proton packs), 666 Park Avenue is hardly the most original -- or believable -- show on television. But it still delivers some well-produced scares along with an effectively intriguing premise that makes you want to keep tabs on the Drake's seemingly doomed tenants, if that's your thing. It's also a decent pick for parents and teens to watch together, with nothing too scary or too sexy to get too worried about.

There's an element of camp as well, and that's much-needed in terms of tone. (Because, let's face it: how seriously can you take a script that has the devil and his wife living on Park Avenue?) Much like ABC's soapy drama Revenge, this has "guilty pleasure" written all over it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of spooky programming with supernatural themes. Why are ghosts and otherworldly beings such trendy fodder for movies, TV shows, and other media?

  • Do you think 666 Park Avenue is scary enough, or could it be scarier? Why do people purposely choose to watch things that will frighten them? What's the appeal?

  • How does this series differ from the book that inspired it? What reasons would the show's writers and producers have for making the changes they did?

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