A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
CDC officials take their important jobs seriously and treat human lives with respect. But the overall tone is dark and foreboding.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are complicated and their motives unclear and twisty -- as well as just plain evil. Dr. Farragut is perhaps the most heroic character, but even he makes mistakes and has limitations. The cast boasts racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Horror-style violence with a lot of creepy imagery: cut-off limbs; black, bulging veins; pools of inky blood. Characters we've grown to know and like die suddenly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The characters have a complicated adulterous backstory, and there are references to sex.
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Characters are under stress and may speak roughly to each other; there's a very small amount of cursing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Helix is a tense horror/sci-fi series that's both too scary and too complex for kids. Expect a lot of nightmarish visuals: dead bodies lying in pools of black blood, blood spurting from eyeballs and heads, hacked-off limbs. Characters we've grown to know and like are under constant menace and are sometimes quickly attacked and killed or infected. There are needles, bulging veins, animals kept in cages and experimented upon, and a lot of medical imagery, such as gory autopsies. The overall atmosphere is dark and mysterious, and characters have complicated motivations and backstories. There are references to sex and adultery. Older or sophisticated teens may enjoy the twisty horror with parents, but this is too much for tweens and grade-schoolers.
Is It Any Good?
Helix has the scary-medical thing down pat: There's a lot of gleaming stainless-steel surfaces, giant needles, and sickly green lighting, not to mention bulging black veins, off-kilter madmen in lab coats, and ominous animal cages with something shadowy lurking in them. Which is to say, genre fans will catch a breath of many a similarly themed "infection" movie in Helix's goings-on. Say, the monster-guy is crawling through air ducts, just like in Aliens! Say, didn't it remind you of 28 Days Later when that monkey attacked the doctor's face?
That's not to say that Helix isn't good or scary. It just carries with it the DNA of other horror outings. But it also has similarities to another late, great, and much-beloved sci-fi/horror show, Lost, which scored by putting relatable, likable characters into weird circumstances. Since Helix is executive-produced by a former Lost writer, the similarities are not exactly unexpected, but this may be enough to make tuning in worth it for fans.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.