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By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense dystopian series has strong content, cursing.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

age 11+

Finally a great action/adventure show with no sex or nudity!

This show talks about the importance of friendship and everyone coming together! It has strong violence but nothing a teenager (13 year old) can't handle. Common sense says in their review there is a make out scene but they're wrong. It is about a mother traveling with her superhero friend to rescue her child after the country collapses. It is also only 4 episodes long! I would recommend to any 13 year old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's so much to take away from this intense series in such a short time that it can become too much -- overwhelming for some and inappropriate for younger kids. DMZ tackles mature topics such as government corruption and political greed, societal inequalities, race wars, military interference, lack of healthcare, family dysfunction, toxic masculinity, and breaking generational cycles. The series doesn't give much backstory or explain why the civil war started in the first place, possibly leaving viewers confused. We also don't learn anything about what Alma might have experienced between Evacuation Day and the start of the series. It appears Alma presumed her son had got out of the DMZ and tried to track him elsewhere but we're never told anything about her life during the eight years before she returned. These types of missing details could have given the series more depth. Oddly enough, there's too much crammed into four episodes, yet there aren't enough details to make the story feel memorable; the storyline oftentimes feels muddled and rushed. Still, performances are strong, characters can be intriguing, and some episodes will tug on heartstrings -- a mother's love and determination is unwavering and Alma becomes a symbol of hope for the occupants trapped inside the DMZ.

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