A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contains messages about morality, care for others, and choosing to do good.
Positive Role Models
Characters display honesty, compassion, and bravery.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of physical and emotional domestic abuse. Discussion of incest and abuse. Crimes are plotted, including murder, but not shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Includes several major plot points about sex. Characters are seen naked in bed after sex, but no nudity is explicitly shown.
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Profanity is occasionally used, including "damn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are frequently seen drinking alcohol. One major character is repeatedly seen inebriated and describes blacking out while drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death and Nightingales is a period drama set in Ireland in the 1880s about a young woman and her abusive stepfather. The three-part miniseries is adapted from a 1992 novel by Eugene McCabe. Death and Nightingales includes plot points about incest and abuse, and characters discuss murder and other violence. Characters are seen naked in bed after sex, but no nudity is explicitly shown. One major character is repeatedly seen inebriated and describes blacking out while drunk. The violence, incest, sex, and alcohol use are all used to explore themes of morality.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike literary adaptations that struggle to bring the complexities of a novel to the screen, this feels almost staggeringly simple. Things that may have worked in the novel Death and Nightingales feel like melodrama or cliché here. The movie is filmed beautifully, especially in any scene involving the water, but it can't overcome a skeletal plot. When so little happens, every event takes on outsized significance; the thin plot and broad characterizations in Death and Nightingales can't bear that weight.
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