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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Eerie German series is violent and disturbing -- it's dark.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Not worth it. Definitely not for under 18.

This show lives up to its name. It’s definitely dark. There is a lot in the show that never gets explained. Lots of sex and naked teens. Everyone is cheating…. Do not let a child under 18 watch this. I can’t believe one of the reviews let their 12 year old watch it Swiss or not, that’s just bad parenting. A child should never be exposed to these scenes. Very graphic violence as well and some very disturbing images. Multiple suicides, people dead hanging from trees. The list goes on and on.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Great show, but needs parental guidance

Our daughter is 12, and she watched it with us. I wouldn't let her watch it alone, though, mainly because of the complex storytelling. There are sex scenes, but they are not too graphic for a Swiss person. There is some graphic violence, but not too much. Watching it was a great family event, leading to many interesting discussions with our kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (29):

This ominous series features an overarching story that starts out slow and difficult to follow but becomes worthwhile as it unfolds. The mixture of murder, mystery, and supernatural elements raises more questions than it does answers. While this serves to pull in audiences, the show's odd and sometimes disturbingly emotionless vibe creates a sense of apprehension that isn't easy to let go of.

Certain elements of the series feel similar to shows like Stranger Things and The OA, but Dark is unique enough to hold its own. However, the sheer number of characters in the story makes it frustratingly difficult to fully understand what drives them. Certain details of the story get a little muddled with the translation, too. Nonetheless, it succeeds at telling a strange story that is eerily entertaining.

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