Fear the Walking Dead

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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"Walking Dead" prequel is bloody, with a much slower burn.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Death and loss are major themes, and characters live in a constant state of dread. But the concepts of family and survival become even more important in a world where the future is uncertain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are flawed but painfully human; when they kill or commit a crime, it's for their own survival or to save those they care about.

Violence

Intensely violent acts include shootings, collisions, and -- in case it wasn't obvious -- zombie attacks. Visuals are bloody (with decomposing limbs, half-eaten faces, and the like), and death and fear are constant themes.

Sex

Characters kiss, with some sexual tension.

Language

Unbleeped swearing includes "s--t," "bitch," "ass," and the like.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking; a main character struggles with a heroin addiction, so some drug paraphernalia is visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fear the Walking Dead boasts the same graphic visuals as the bloody Walking Dead drama that spawned it. That means you'll see reanimated corpses that eat human flesh and other violent acts such as shootings, stabbings, and decapitations. Unbleeped language includes the word "s--t," and one of the main characters struggles with a heroin addiction. All that said, it's a family drama at heart, featuring a blended family dealing with their own issues as they try to navigate their changing world.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byteaganc September 9, 2015

Very important for parents

Yes there is some blood but not as much as there is in my sons call of duty games most of the blood is on the "zombies" shirts and clothes, it has a v... Continue reading
Adult Written byCan K. October 31, 2017

OK Drama is better than the original

This show has violence and swearing but isn't as bad as the original
Teen, 13 years old Written byHuggable_Tarantula September 4, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead; give it a try!

Fear the Walking Dead is the spin off to the Walking Dead. It takes place in Los Angeles before the actual disease starts. It gives a new insight on how the fir... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 18, 2016

Extremely good spin-off of the Walking Dead

This version of the walking dead before the apocalypse started basically has the same amount of violence, sexuality, swearing and consumerism, but includes much... Continue reading

What's the story?

When a strange, bloody sickness strikes their city, high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) are forced to forget the dysfunction of their blended families and focus on sheer survival as dead bodies inexplicably reanimate and threaten everything they hold dear. With so many unanswered questions, all they know now is to FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

Is it any good?

You don't need to be a big Walking Dead fan to understand this equally gory prequel that explores the early days of the zombie apocalypse. In fact, it might actually be better if you weren't, since one of the obvious problems with a Walking Dead spin-off is that the hit series' loyal followers already know more about killing zombies than its characters do. For some Walking Dead die-hards, it will be painful to watch a noob struggle with a "walker," knowing full well that all he or she needs to do is knock its head off.

So why bother with a Walking Dead prequel at all? For one thing, it's putting down roots for the franchise to grow when The Walking Dead inevitably dies. For another, it lets the show's writers explore how a wholly new set of characters -- including a diverse blended family that's teeming with drama -- handles a survival situation of epic proportions. That alone could make Fear the Walking Dead far more relatable than its predecessor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fear the Walking Dead's premise and its take on human nature. How realistic is the series' depiction of people, particularly families, reacting to a life-threatening disaster? How would you and your family function in a similar situation?

  • What's the appeal of super graphic shows such as Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead? Is it all about the gore, or is there something more? What really keeps people watching?

  • What's the point of making a prequel to the popular Walking Dead series? Does it do anything differently, or is it just delivering more of what people love about the original?

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