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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Odd mix of sci-fi, politics is a mockery of modern problems.

TV CBS Drama 2016
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Good cinema, just not for all maybe

Anyone watching this TV-show should know that it is full of political references. It's a lot of fun if you get those, while if you happen to have no idea about Republicans and Democrats, it'll just bore you to death. See, the only other thing that's in the TV-show is aliens, and that's not enough to last you 12 episodes. Btw, the alien ants are more disgusting than scary, so you're unlikely to have nightmares after this. I loved the main idea, that extremist views of any kind make us dumb and prevent us from cooperating. Food for thought for many people, if you ask me.

Is It Any Good?

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Instead of smart satire, this promising but tone-deaf "comic-thriller" aims to explain America's problems away via an absurdly implausible metaphor: alien infestation. Maybe it looked funny on paper, but the joke falls particularly flat in the face of terrorism, discrimination, and gun violence, not to mention a contentious presidential election that's fanning the flames of a city -- and, more broadly, a nation -- that's already on fire.

Will BrainDead make you laugh? Maybe, though it largely eschews comedy in favor of its farcical sci-fi plot. But one thing it won't do is teach you much about the way American politics actually works or how we've arrived at our current delirium. True analysis of the American mind would be far too frightening -- and rather unfunny indeed.

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