Parents' Guide to

Halt and Catch Fire

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Period tech drama is fascinating, but expect sexy stuff.

TV AMC Drama 2014
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Outre Sexual Practice Depictions Not For Younger Viewers

In the first 5 minutes there's a depiction of hook up rough sex that our 14 year old wasn't comfortable watching. I don't suppose it got too graphic, but we prefer healthy sexuality depictions, not people physically hurting each other. Is it any wonder Americans have issues understanding consent? Given the timing it was gratuitous, and we are sorry to not be able to watch it at this time. Also disappointing that the premise seems to be that male and female engineers couldn't work together in the 80's without tearing each others clothes off (or banging with them on).

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

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There are shades of Don Draper to Halt and Catch Fire's charismatic Joe MacMillan, and that's probably no coincidence, considering the show debuted near the end of Mad Men. And so the network delivers another period hero who is handsome, mysterious, and ever charming, drawing the doubtful into his web -- and drawing in viewers, too -- with a seductive quality that's hard to ignore.

Of course, Halt and Catch Fire's characters are fictional, but, since their stories are set in a real time and place, both parents and teens who watch stand to learn something. (Lesson 1: There's a lot more to high-tech history than Silicon Valley.) The real success of the series, though, is its ability to make old technology feel new by turning the complicated language of computing into a narrative modern audiences can relate to.

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