Parents' Guide to

Hemlock Grove

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

High school-set horror series is gory, sexy, and strange.

TV Netflix Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 16+

Racist and Ablest

Frequent use of slurs, rape scene, multiple sex scenes between teenagers(adult actors), violence is okay, charecters are horrible and unlikeable. Don’t bother watching this.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 17+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Even though they have nothing in common, it's hard not to compare the horror-thriller Hemlock Grove with the political drama House of Cards. Mostly because the critically lauded House of Cards -- which marks the second of Netflix's forays into original series territory (the first was the fish-out-water mobster drama Lilyhammer) -- was so good, both in terms of quality, story, and acting, that you'd expect Hemlock Grove to follow suit. But prepare to be disappointed, dear viewers, for Hemlock Grove is no House of Cards. (And you should also prepare to get totally grossed out in episode 2.)

Even diehards of the genre will find fault with the show's uneven mix of hokey and horrific elements; a storyline that's often confusing; and acting that isn't always up to standard. (Notable exceptions are Lili Taylor and Landon Liboiron, who succeed at forging a mother-son relationship that feels refreshingly believable, and Nicole Boivin and Michael Andreae, who join forces to create a character who's hands down the town's most intriguing resident.) If you stick around long enough, Hemlock Grove just might grow on you. But for most viewers, a brief visit will be all they can stomach.

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