American Horror Story

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Dark, twisted adult drama is designed to shock and disturb.

FX Drama 2011

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 111 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 357 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Honest and Practical Review

Kids today are not shielded from anything. High school itself would be rated TV MA . A 14-year-old kid would not see anything they didn't already know unless they've been kept under a rock. It's a great show with incredible, award-winning actors with great lessons to be learned. Loosen up. It's worth it. Now granted, sex scenes, partial nudity, gore, and violence is pretty frequent. But as a parent you have to understand, it's a great sense of entertainment. Your kid is not going to go to school and stab someone in the throat, okay? They're not going to grow up a sex-addicted maniac. If they don't think they can watch it, then they won't. Leave it up to them.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 15+

Great show, definitely not for little kids

This show is brilliantly written and geared toward adults with a new story every season using the same cast in different roles and fresh settings, and some seasons even connect in various ways. That said, obviously it's horror-themed. There's quite a bit of sex, but I didn't personally find it too gratuitous (and no nudity besides the occasional rear). There's suggestive situations, drug & alcohol use, and a lot of dark/violent scenarios combined with gratuitous blood and gore sometimes. Some seasons have a bit more or less of those elements to varying degrees, but overall it's definitely an adult show. I recommend this for ages 15+ based on conversations I've had with teenagers, talking to people with different parenting styles, and my own experience growing up. While it's rated 17+, the age of 15+ sounds more sensible to me (as with most media of this nature). It's undeniable a lot of teens will find this show earlier as older siblings introduce them to it, or they might check it out online or at a friend's house, so I don't think it makes sense to try to control exposure too much for your teen kids, given those facts. But it's up to parents how they've raised their kids and what they reasonably believe they can handle. The important thing is that you have a conversation with them about it. Much as we as humans would love to control every little thing our kids watch at various ages, it's simply not possible as they grow older. All you can do is foster trust and arm them with the right tools and knowledge to be able to handle any given form of media, and if you keep open communication, they'll reach out to you if they need to.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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