Ghost Wars

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Eerie paranormal-themed series has cursing, violence.

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age 14+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Ghosts are real, and they can get mean if they don't cross over. Bullying. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters range from being kind and well-intentioned to ignorant and bullish. 


Bloody wounds, gruesome injuries, people burned, dead bodies. 


Kissing, occasional innuendo. 


"Hell," "a--hole," "s--t." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, hard liquor consumed. The bar is a common local meeting place. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ghost Wars is a horror series about a remote Alaskan town that is experiencing a deadly mass haunting, and a young man with the ability to help. There are violent, bloody, and sometimes gory scenes, as well as threats and bullying. There's also some cursing, and plenty of drinking. There's some limited sexual innuendo, but this is overshadowed by the eerie narrative. It will appeal to teens who like a good ghost story, but it's too intense for younger viewers and folks who find this sort of thing disturbing. 

What's the story?

GHOST WARS is a horror series about a remote Alaskan town that is experiencing a deadly mass haunting, and a young man with the ability to help. After an earthquake isolates Port Moore, strange things begin happening to its residents. As the community tries to make sense of it, Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia), a local outcast thanks to his mother's reputation for speaking with the dead, can see that angry ghosts are taking over. He would like nothing more than to rid himself of his own psychic abilities, but he realizes that he must call on them to save the town. But while people like Reverend Dan (Vincent D'Onofrio) believe in his abilities, town folks like Doug (Meat Loaf Aday) continue to bully him. Luckily, he's got a friend in Maggie (Elise Gatien) to help him through it. 

Is it any good?

This eerie series mixes horror and the supernatural to create a pretty heavy viewing experience. The overall narrative is engaging, but there are also lots of disquieting plot twists that hype up the strangeness. Adding to this is the eclectic ensemble of characters, all of whom are disturbing in their own way. 

There are a few moments where you feel like you're watching a science fiction piece, but most of the show centers around dark paranormal forces that remind you of the existence of evil. The show also highlights this by including a fair amount of blood and gore. If you like this sort of thing, you'll find Ghost Wars to be entertainingly sinister. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the alleged presence of ghosts and other evidence of the paranormal in Ghost Wars. Where does the evidence to support their existence come from? 

  • How does the media portray paranormal activity? Do you think Ghost Wars makes the idea that ghosts are real more believable? 

  • There are many cultures that feature ghosts, spirits, and related elements as part of their belief system. Where do these ideas come from? What do they seek to explain? 

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