A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights some of the social injustices that existed during Victorian England, but most of the focus is on Scrooge's journey, and overall misery.
Positive Role Models
Scrooge is a damaged person whose actions reflect his pain. The Cratchits are good people, but they aren't perfect.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing is common. Gruesome figures, as well as some violent moments, including killing a mouse, is visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to sexual exploitation.
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Cursing ("f--k") is audible.
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Products & Purchases
The series is based on Charles Dickens' classic novella.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ale and cider are consumed, and tobacco pipes are smoked.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dark version of A Christmas Carol features lots of mature themes, ranging from labor and sexual exploitation, to living with regrets about things done to others in the past. Death and speaking to spirits is central to the classic tale, but additional themes includeexploitation and child abuse. Violent moments are dark and scary, ranging from screams heard from a burning building to the decapitation of a rodent. There's some cursing, including "f--k," and drinking (ale and wine). There's nothing festive about this adaptation, and isn't suited for young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This gritty remake of the iconic tale delivers a cold, depressing story that offers little to celebrate about. The three-part series is visually dark, which helps create the grim story world it features, and the dark themes just keep on coming. References to sexual exploitation, gruesome imagery, and child abuse only add to its already depressing nature.
Unlike the original novella, nothing good really happens, and the characters express little hope for a happier future. But the performances are solid, and some may find this somber adaption of A Christmas Carol to be a creative departure from previous holiday versions. Nonetheless, if you're looking something uplifting to get you into the holiday spirit, you will not find it here.
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