A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Underscores the idea that college students are at risk of being victims of crimes, even if where they're studying feels safe. The way media sensationalized some of these events is also discussed. The love family and friends have for the deceased is highlighted, as is the fact that they're more than simply murder victims.
Positive Role Models
Friends and family memorialize the deceased by celebrating their lives.
The students profiled were both men and women. One student was Asian.
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Violence & Scariness
It describes horrific acts of violence, including people being stabbed, strangled, burned, etc. Sexual assault is also referenced. Photographs from the crime scene are shown, but what they show is limited. Illustrations reconstructed from autopsy reports revealing the injuries are shown; autopsy photos of injuries are quickly flashed on the screen, but are limited to showing specific injuries and body parts. Robberies are also described.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References are made to having sex with people. Romantic triangles and strained relationships are also themes in some episodes. Stripping is briefly discussed.
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Words like "hell" are very occasionally heard. Curses are muted or bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Brands like Sonos and Nissan are shown and discussed, but within the context of the investigation.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drug use is discussed, and alcohol (beer, shots) are sometimes visible. Occasionally references are made to drug dealing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death in the Dorms is a docuseries about the murders of college students while they attended university. It describes brutal and fatal violent attacks, including sexual assaults, and terrible injuries, some of which are described in simulated autopsy illustrations and very briefly visible in autopsy photos. Alcohol is sometimes visible, and drinking and drunken behavior is sometimes a theme. Drug use and distribution is a theme in one episode.
Is It Any Good?
The disturbing true-crime series offers harrowing details about college students whose lives were brutally cut short by fellow college students, romantic partners, and random criminals. It recounts horrifying details about each murder and subsequent events, and points to the way the media coverage at the time often sensationalized details to make the stories more exciting for the public. Granted, Death in the Dorms isn't short on drama, but it also ensures that each of the late students are remembered for who they were prior to becoming murder victims, and refrains from victim blaming.
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