Gravity

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Quirky suicide support group drama neither good nor helpful.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The overall message is mixed; while suicide is painted as both a "crime" and a "sin," some characters see it as the only way to "feel alive." Some attempts to see suicide comically.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although the main characters are at a pivotal point in their lives, their past actions are clearly not admirable.

Violence

The main characters are members of a support group for people who've tried to kill themselves, with methods ranging from self-poisoning to driving off a cliff. Flashbacks show a woman shooting herself in the head and lying in her own blood, etc.

Sex

When the two main characters meet for the first time, they have sex out in public -- against a fence.

Language

Some unbleeped swearing (mainly "f--k"), but not constant use.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adult-oriented drama concerns a cast of suicidal characters -- including a teenage boy -- who've recently tried to kill themselves. While the violence isn't always graphic, it certainly hangs heavily in the background and can be shocking and sudden at times. There's also an intense sexual relationship between the two main characters that begins almost immediately after they meet (against a fence on a city street, no less) and some unbleeped swearing (mostly "f--k"). A few characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynicoj May 1, 2016

The best quirky funny show I miss it !

This is an odd topic and also soothing .... It's a kinda dark comedy so sad it's gone ... You can watch it free on TubiTV that's how I found it .... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byslasher23 September 5, 2010
very violent.explicit sexual content and some graphic nudity.graphic language.some drug.

What's the story?

GRAVITY hits hard when upper-crust doctor Robert Collingsworth (Ivan Sergei) and make-up counter clerk Lily Champagne (Krysten Ritter) prove unsuccessful at killing themselves and ending their misery. Now, as reluctant members of a suicide-suppport group, they're forced to talk about their feelings with others who've shared the same dark emotions they've felt. Led by a wheelchair-bound ex-ballplayer (Ving Rhames), the group includes an overachieving housewife (Robyn Cohen), a former model (Rachel Hunter), a construction worker (James Martinez) and an unhappy teenager (Seth Numrich). Meanwhile, a quirky detective (Eric Schaeffer) with curious motives is watching Lily's every move.

Is it any good?

There's a palpable silence in this pitch-black Starz drama about a group of suicide survivors who would rather be dead. But it's the kind of silence that comes from sub-par writing and awkward pacing rather than purposeful tension or riveting performances. Writer-director-producer Schaeffer (who previously penned a short-lived series about recovering bulemics, anorexics, and binge-eaters) clearly loves his cast of odd, damaged characters -- and his own role as a creepy cop who steals suspects' panties and totes his glock to yoga.

But for the rest of us, the end result is DOA.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real consequences of suicide and whether the show tackles the subject in a particularly responsible way. Why do each of the characters choose to attempt suicide? How do their actions affect their loved ones and others around them?

  • Does the show celebrate life -- or wallow in death? What do you make of the overall message and tone?

TV details

For kids who love drama

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