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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cursing, scary imagery in sci-fi alien-occupation drama.

TV USA Drama 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

interesting story line

I find it interesting and disturbing that other reviewers are concerned about sexual scenes (minimal) but don't seem to bat an eye at the excessive violence?! Classic American approach - we seem fine with bloody murder but half a breast is problematic? ... Anyway, the story line is good and the cliff hangers keep you going back. An- ok-to-good show. Not for anyone under a HS senior because of excessive violence.

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Too much violence
age 18+

It has good potential but...

I'm so glad I watched this by myself and not with my kid! I would not recommend this for the family. It's a cool story line with good potential, but there is a lot of violence, gore, language and sex.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (1):

Canny, creepy, and given to spooling out its plot with weird visuals and unexplained bits of dialogue, this is a sci-fi show that doesn't insult its audience's intelligence. Who is holding Los Angeles (and the whole world) hostage? Why do its citizens ride bikes now instead of driving cars and live inside a sleek silver fence that snakes behind the Hollywood sign? Who exactly has deemed diseases such as diabetes "not worthy of treatment"? And just where is the Bowman's other child being kept, and by whom? These intriguing mysteries percolate along, with viewers forced to look sharp and listen if they want to know exactly what's going on.

It will come as no surprise to viewers to learn that former Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse is one of the hands on the tiller here; this show shares Lost's propensity to keep its plot points close to the vest and dole them out as twists. It's manipulative but, in an age when viewers tend to binge-watch rather than enjoy slow dramatic tension, a lot of fun. Will Colony be the water-cooler sensation of the year? If it keeps up the tension and swift plotting, it sure could be. It's great whole-family watching, though scenes of moms, dads, and kids in danger could be too much for young viewers.

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