A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loyalty and love between friends and family members is stressed; crime and sleuthing is the real focus.
Positive Role Models
Sidney and Geordie are upstanding, respectable men who treat those around them with dignity. Some characters are complicated, duplicitous, murderous.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are brandished and fired. A murder takes place on each episode. Dead, bloody bodies are shown at length, as are crime-scene stories.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity is depicted, with characters stripping and then panting/moaning/thrusting in bed. No nudity.
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Some cursing and rough language of the British variety: "bugger off sideways," "I didn't even recognize the old bastard," "son of a bitch!"
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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