A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The supernatural exists, and it's not pretty.
Positive Role Models
Mike Painter's psychological well-being is in question.
Violence & Scariness
Themes include brutal child murders, an attempted suicide. Knives, blood, dead bodies, scary images abound.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, beer occasionally consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Channel Zero is a horror series inspired by internet stories called "creepypasta," scary tales shared on message boards. It's full of creepy, supernatural events, some of which border on gruesome: Dead bodies, bloody images, suicide, and the murder of children, to name a few. Cursing includes "s--t" and occasionally drink beer and wine. Since lots of teens are fans of the creepypasta trend, they may be interested in this show; however, it's pretty scary, even for adults.
Is It Any Good?
This dark series combines fantasy and horror to create a intense, bizarre, and definitely scary viewing experience. This is no surprise, given that it's adapted from creepypasta, or a short, internet-driven, user-generated horror story that's copied and pasted from site to site in order to scare people (think Slenderman). Using seemingly random flashbacks to parallel the events of Mike's childhood with the present, the show often gives viewers a false sense of understanding, only to surprise them later on.
Channel Zero's story is a solid blend of supernatural scares and real-life mystery -- It also does a decent job at adapting the original creepypasta, which comes with its own unique narrative format and audience. It's not for everyone, but folks who enjoy these kinds of scares may find themselves getting shivers.
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