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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Slow sci-fi puzzle box requires investment, has violence.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Complicated Sci-Fi Thriller has Brilliant visuals & sound.

Devs is a One-of-a-kind Sci-Fi Thriller with Slick visuals & Brilliant set pieces. It also has great background score. It's quite slow in narration, but it keeps one engaged.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 18+

Commonsensemedia failed to mention sex scene!

episode 3, the computer shows a pixalated sex scene.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This intriguing but sometimes plodding sci-fi series requires a bit of patience but can be rewarding. This is mostly hanks to creator Alex Garland's (Ex-Machina, Annihilation) ability to make a very complicated concept (quantum physics) more accessible. That said, not everything about the show is fresh. It's got many of the hallmarks of other modern sci-fi shows (cough, Westworld): textbook cinematography that looks nice but ultimately adds little to the story, and a super-slow pace that often comes from trying to stretch what could be a 90-minute premise across eight episodes. Both traits are great for the streaming business -- especially if viewers are pre-invested in the creators or the subjects -- but the storytelling doesn't often hold up under them. Devs' surfaces (and there are a lot of them) look shiny enough, and the future-tech world and ethical discussions hint at a distant payoff, but without a true investment in Garland or the relatively thin plot, it takes a lot of patience to make it there.

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