Parents' Guide to

After Life

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cringe comedy about grief isn't easy to watch.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Crude and depressing

Tells the tale of a man battling drink, drugs and suicide (sitting in bath with razor blade, ready to swallow handfull of pills) he deals with the death of his wife. It is thought provoking but has very crude language and violent themes EG man goes to therapist who recommends he rapes both men and women in order to save his marriage. Lots of negative and violent sexually abusive references about women.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Mean-spirited and cringe-inducing at first, Gervais' comedy ultimately blossoms into something more heartwarming, but viewers who don't appreciate uncomfortable yuks may not be able to wait it out. In After Life's very first episode, Tony tells a young boy at his kid's school that he's not a "pedo" and "if I were, you'd be safe, you tubby little ginger c--t." He also calls a complete stranger a "fat, hairy, nosy c--ksucker" and continually greets his sweet-natured brother-in-law's attempts at friendship with utter contempt. His outlook, as he explains to his therapist: "If I become an a--hole and ... then it all gets too much, I can always kill myself. It's like a super power."

These are bitter laughs, but fans of Gervais will already know that he's able to put the tough stuff over. He may not win many new fans with After Life, though, at least not those who mind fighting through a truly crusty exterior to get to an only slightly gooey inside. On the way to Tony's ultimate redemption, he ruins lives. And yet there isn't a single stock character in the cast, and when these people connect, it's magic. One thing this show really gets right: understanding that even those who seem OK on the outside have their own hidden agony. It's nihilistic, it's painful, but with its hard-won emotional core, After Life may get to cynics most of all.

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