Broadchurch

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Bloodless, gripping crime drama deals with child's murder.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While the detectives' quest for the truth is a constant, so is the prevailing sense that the small town of Broadchurch -- a seemingly idyllic place -- is teeming with secrets. On the plus side, justice is ultimately served.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some residents aren't as trustworthy as they seem, and many keep dark secrets. But the detectives searching for the killer are dedicated to finding the truth.

Violence

Violence is implied with the dead body of an 11-year-old boy, but it's a bloodless crime.

Sex

Two characters, one of whom is married, are having an affair.

Language

Some audible swearing (mainly "s--t"). Other terms include "piss off," "hell," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teenage girl is dating a drug dealer, and police find a stash of cocaine under her bed. A local hotel owner is also a drug dealer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Broadchurch revolves around the death of an 11-year-old boy, but there's no blood and only a few brief shots of the body. That said, you will hear some unbleeped swearing (mostly "s--t") and other salty terms like "piss off" and "hell." All other iffy content is mostly described rather than shown: several characters are involved in illegal drug-dealing, and two characters are having an affair.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHøpe M. December 12, 2017

Intense, Mysterious Drama

Broadchurch is a very intense TV series, full of mystery, realistic portrayals of broken families\people, and a lot of heartbreak. I have only seen the first s... Continue reading
Adult Written byhsalustro April 22, 2020

A boring sermon

Episodes were too stretched out; could have made the story tighter; many subplots that had nothing to do with the main plot. Unbelievable
in some instances; wh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRaggedyDoctor February 21, 2019

Amazing!

I was absolutely hooked on Broadchurch! Chris Chibnall did an amazing job with the plot and all of the actors were brilliant and played their roles extremely we... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byella12345678 December 22, 2018

its really good bad language

its such a great show. it has lots of bad language such as s*** and p*** of and f*** and pedo so I don't recumbent under 16 to watch

What's the story?

When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found face-down on the beaches of BROADCHURCH, a quiet town on the English coast where murder is an anomaly, no one knows what to make of the crime. But as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) work together to find the killer, the local residents' best-kept secrets begin bubbling to the surface.

Is it any good?

Inspired by series creator Chris Chibnall's longtime home on the Jurassic Coast, the fictional town of Broadchurch seems like the kind of place everyone would want to live. But when you learn that the town's first murder in recent memory is that of an 11-year-old boy, it suddenly isn't as idyllic as it seems. You're also effectively hooked, thanks to thoughtful pacing and an intriguing ensemble of characters who make for a high-quality whodunit.

The most refreshing aspect of Broadchurch for parents will be its reluctance to rely on overly graphic visuals -- a rare thing indeed for a modern crime drama -- which means it's relatively safe for older teens, too. Not that they'll definitely want to watch, but if they do, they'll be treated to a well-constructed series that proves you don't need bells and whistles to make an impression.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fictional town of Broadchurch and how closely it resembles the places they live. Is murder as rare in your town as it is in Broadchurch? How would the people of your community react if a similar crime took place where you live?

  • Broadchurch was a critically acclaimed series in its native Britain. How well do you think it will play to American audiences? Does the fact that it's set in the UK make it more or less appealing?

  • How does Broadchurch's violent content compare to other crime series you've seen? Does a series have to be bloody and graphic to be gripping?

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