Parents' Guide to

Castle Rock

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tense Stephen King spin-off fun for fans, has some violence.

TV Hulu Drama 2018
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 16+

Second Season- disappointing

First season I was hooked! I was thrilled to finally be able to watch a show with no nudity and no real sexual content. It was refreshing! I was so excited for the second season- and was completely let down. First episode was clean and I was engaged. Second episode- not so much. As soon as the episode turned explicit, we shut it off. Why the sudden need for graphic sex and nudity? It was so not necessary and completely ruined it for me. Excellent job at taking a great show and turning it into something just like all the rest of the junk that’s out there.
age 16+

"A few bursts of profanity"? Please.

Pretty good film, with a great premise and storyline! But the top review is misleading. There is WAY more cussing than just "a few bursts of profanity". Try every other sentence. I don't mind, but my grandparents were mortified when I tried to watch it with them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Storywise, this series is mostly boilerplate Stephen King material: a story about a mysterious outsider who may have supernatural powers that may or may not erupt in violence and tragedy. But Hulu has clearly invested a lot into Castle Rock, beginning with a killer cast of TV character actors like Holland, Lynskey, Scott Glenn (The Leftovers), Terry O'Quinn (Lost), and the legendary Sissy Spacek, who helped jumpstart Stephen King's movie career with her performance in Carrie. And their presence is needed, because Castle Rock consists mainly of conversations and investigation, the way a detective show would, as we slowly learn more and more about the extensive, eerie history of the town. The slow, deliberate pace does create a good amount of tension, and when things erupt, King's stories deliver the unsettling and terrifying moments you'd expect.

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