TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Blood, booze, mild menace in mystery period piece.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Loyalty and love between friends and family members is stressed; crime and sleuthing is the real focus. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sidney and Geordie are upstanding, respectable men who treat those around them with dignity. Some characters are complicated, duplicitous, murderous. 


Guns are brandished and fired. A murder takes place on each episode. Dead, bloody bodies are shown at length, as are crime-scene stories. 


Infidelity is depicted, with characters stripping and then panting/moaning/thrusting in bed. No nudity.


Some cursing and rough language of the British variety: "bugger off sideways," "I didn't even recognize the old bastard," "son of a bitch!" 


Based on a series of novels viewers may want to read after watching.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many scenes take place in pubs where patrons drink whiskey and beer. Characters smoke cigarettes on-screen frequently. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grantchester is a mystery series set in an idyllic English village in the 1950s. A murder takes place and is solved on each episode, and dead, bloody bodies are often shown at length. Manners of death, including a (faked) suicide by gunshot, are discussed graphically. Characters initially presented as "good" turn out to be malevolent. Many scenes take place in pubs where characters drink whiskey and beer and smoke cigarettes frequently. Cursing includes profane phrases such as "son of a bitch!" and "bugger off." Infidelity plays a role in plots; characters are shown taking off their clothes and then thrusting in bed. For teens who like British murder mysteries of the dry variety, Grantchester could be their next binge-watch. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHelen M. October 26, 2017

Good with Inappropriate Moments/Themes

Really enticing story, if sometimes predictable. Parents should be aware that some episodes contain sex scenes that go further than the Common Sense Media ratin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPanicof1873 May 26, 2019

This is a very good show!

The show is very good! There's a LOT of drinking! The two main characters are clearly alcoholics. The show is set in the 1950's so it makes sense that... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 28, 2015

What's the story?

Set in the bucolic English village of GRANTCHESTER, this detective drama focuses on two good men: Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Detective Geordie Keating (Robson Green), who stumble upon a series of murders that reveal the dark underbelly of Grantchester. Together, the hard-driving, cynical Geordie and the emotional, gentle Chambers fall into being partners, despite the differences in their methods and personalities. Together, they work to uncover the nefarious chain of events that led to each murder. This series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries book series written by James Runcie. 

Is it any good?

This series' slightly odd tone will be familiar to any viewer who's caught a Miss Marple mystery or an episode of Poirot. It seesaws between idyllic village life (picture fishmongers, winding lanes, fields of wheat) and rather purple plot twists. But by setting Grantchester in the 1950s, a pleasant Mad Men-ish air is added to the proceedings, with vintage hats and cigarettes abounding. Though dead bodies are shown at length, and there are scary sequences such as one in which one woman almost pushes another into the path of a train, the menace level never rises about "mild," and Chambers is a stalwart, reliable, and, by the way, quite handsome character on which viewers can rely. Thus this mystery series is mild enough for young teens to watch, with parents or without.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the setting for Grantchester. How would this story change if it were set in London? Seoul, Korea? Baltimore, Maryland? 

  • Each week, the characters on Grantchester solve a different murder. Can you name any other kinds of shows with this kind of "case of the week" structure? Why do you think people enjoy this style of show? 

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