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Parents' Guide to

Harper's Island

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unoriginal slasher show is far too gory for kids.

TV CBS Drama 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Harper's Island

This slasher TV serie is very good. It has infrequent very strong gory violence. Some of the traps/death scenes might frighten young viewers. Sex and other stuff is pretty moderate This should be intended to show for mature audiences over the age of 16 no one under shouldn't be allowed in my opinion. Great series own the dvd boxset
age 13+

good show

Im 12 and saw this show and iit is amazing! i love it but i found some of it disturbing. like a woman was lit on fire and burned to death. Another man was i think nailed into a tree. One man put a slaughtered deer on the hood of a car. and one person discovered a severed deer head in a bath tub w/ a trail of blood following behind it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

HARPER'S ISLAND is the kind of show that a second-year film student might deliver. It's competently done; that is, the scenes are set up efficiently, the atmosphere of gloom and spookiness comes through clearly, and the actors deliver the generic emotions required by their clichhd roles and the sometimes-stiff script.

But don't expect to see anything original. Just about everything here seems like a retread of so many tired slasher film plots. There's a scary backstory in the Wakefield killings. There are ominous -- and obvious -- tensions between the working class townies and the wealthy members of the wedding party (AKA the pool of potential victims). And the characters are completely generic, from the good girl to the flirt to the brooding loner and the creepy kid. The murders are convoluted, gory, and sometimes a bit pointless. Why bother with an especially clever death when the victim, tied to the bottom of a boat, is never found and never missed? That's a lot of work for this mysterious killer and does little to advance the plot. The show's only "value" is to shock viewers, but anyone watching has almost certainly seen it all before.

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