Parents' Guide to


By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brutally violent dystopian horror story explores myth.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
Ghoul Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Minimum age is 14, sudden sexual scenes and lots of blood

It has partially nudity in some episodes. The girl main character is often "Very sexual" in her behaviors. Episode 2: There's a sex scene very explicit, I wish I knew this before watching this in the TV

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This entertaining series combines political commentary with a horror theme that is rooted in mysticism. The story world creates an eerie, unforgiving sense of malevolence that's partially driven by a suspected ghul (aka ghoul), a type of diabolical flesh-eating spirit that reflects a person's own guilt before destroying her or him. However, also fueling the terror is the dystopian society in which they now live: A totalitarian-driven regime is controlling citizens with fear, brutal torture, and execution in the name of patriotism.

Ghoul, which was originally intended to be a movie, feels a bit uneven, with some segments focusing more on political commentary and others centering on the more diabolical aspects of the story. Furthermore, while Nida Rahim's inner conflicts about her strong sense of patriotism and her desire to be a part of her Muslim community unfold, the backstories of other main characters are rich with potential, but aren't given the time to be fully fleshed out. Nonetheless, there's an interesting story here, and one that is worth the watch if you are looking for a compelling, truly scary viewing experience.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate