TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Supernatural mystery has strong cast, lots of violence.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Paranormal activity and government conspiracies are major topics. Caring for a child is also a key theme. Life milestones like divorce and illness are addressed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sheriff Jo Evans is a good officer who goes by the book. However, she is willing to break some rules in order to protect Piper and her family, and asks others to do so when necessary.


Crashes, police chases, attempted kidnappings, and scary moments are consistently featured. Blood is sometimes visible. 


Occasional moments contain innuendo. Divorce is a theme. 


Words like "damn" and "hell" are sometimes used. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Prescription medications are shown being consumed according to directions. References to lab experiments are also made. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Emergence is a mystery series about a police officer who finds a mysterious girl at the site of a plane crash. It features some violent moments, including fatal car accidents, chases, and child kidnapping attempts. Supernatural activities are also suggested. Themes also include divorce, cancer-related illnesses, and other mature topics. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymelissaeeaton January 25, 2020


I love this show the cast the music the story line and yes it handles very hard to talk about things like cancer and divorce but it does so in a very considera... Continue reading
Adult Written byTracie Lynne Sh... November 21, 2019

Kids might not understand

Emergence is a great show, however there are many scenes of violence. Kids under sixteen may not understand Emily, Kindred or Piper. There are also many scenes... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWilliel October 8, 2019

One of the best Drama’s I’ve ever watched!

In my opinion, I think this series is very good. Pretty intense at some points but very enjoyable. I would recommend for viewers who like mystery, suspense, and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 24, 2019

Captivating mystery might be scary for younger kids

I started this show at the beginning and was immediately hooked, and have seen every episode to date. I was surprised at how much violence is in this show. Eve... Continue reading

What's the story?

The dramatic series EMERGENCE stars Allison Tolman as Sheriff Jo Evans, who finds a mysterious girl (Alexa Swinton) at the site of a plane crash with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But strange things surrounding the accident begin to occur, and Jo soon realizes that the little girl they now call "Piper" is somehow central to everything that is happening. She begins to secretly investigate what's going on, with the help of reporter Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman) and Officer Chris Minetto (Robert Bailey Jr.). But her attempts to keep Piper safe draw her family, including her teen daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide), ailing father Ed (Clancy Brown), and ex-husband Alex (Donald Faison), deeper into the mystery.

Is it any good?

This supernatural mystery series offers a strong but sometimes frustrating story that has more questions than answers. But the show’s ensemble cast is very solid, making the story world a compelling one. The pace of the action allows the events to unfold in a way that's easy to follow, but it's fast enough to remain interesting. While some of the dramatic events are predictable, the show still manages to be entertaining, again thanks to its great crew of actors. If you’re looking for a mystery show to watch, Emergence will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Is it necessary to show bloody images to underscore violent moments?

  • What kinds of real-life conspiracies does Emergence tap into? Do you think any of the show is based on real events? 

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