Parents' Guide to

Black Summer

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fast-moving zombies terrorize survivors in grim, gory drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+
Season 1 Episode 6 had a lot of sexual stuff. When the group arrives at a safe place, the guard gropes the lady. Then, later on when they are put into the holding cell, there is a couple having sex, no nudity, but a full on sex scene. A little later on, the guard from earlier assaults the woman and is stopped, nothing is shown.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+
It’s great for adults. Too much bad language for young kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

With at least three zombie-centered TV series currently airing, viewers could be forgiven for feeling a bit fatigued at the idea of adding a fourth. Unlike previous offerings, however, Black Summer eschews drawn-out character development and long stretches of weepy dialogue and goes directly for the jugular with a show focused more on nonstop survival and action scenes than pseudo-deep fireside chats (The Walking Dead, we're looking at you!). And whatever the show's weaknesses might be -- the special effects are decent, if a little underwhelming -- it's kind of refreshing to see a show that's just out to scare its audience. They do a good job of maintaining an anxious vibe in each episode, where you truly don't know when one of these ghouls might pop out at you.

Part of that is down to the style of zombie they're highlighting here: These are not the shuffling, slow-as-molasses zombies of old-school horror movies. They're lightning-fast and filled with rage; victims who are bitten start to turn within minutes. It won't be to everyone's taste, but for horror fans who crave more action and excitement than emotional depth, Black Summer may be just the ticket.

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