A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a mystery thriller but features themes like family, marrying for convenience, corruption, death.
Positive Role Models
Eva and Carolina are strong women, but the older Carolina is determined to do what is right for the family, while Eva looks for independence, adventure. Lots of suspects lurking around, but those not guilty of murder aren't necessarily pleasant either. Men are often sexist, in line with cultural norms of the time.
Violence & Scariness
People are shown being brutally struck with objects, hanging by the neck, and with bloody wounds. A woman is thrown from the ship. Sexual violence is visible, rape is insinuated. Some yelling and screaming.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of strong sexual innuendo, ranging from obvious flirtations to subtle references to threesomes and other activities.
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Strong Spanish words are occasionally uttered, but the subtitles do not translate them all into English.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking. Endless amount of cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Seas (Alta Mar) is a Spanish mystery thriller that takes place on a 1940s transatlantic liner sailing from Spain to Brazil. It features violent scenes, including people being brutally hit with objects, people hanging from ceilings, and other events. Sexual violence includes a rape. Drinking is frequent, and cigarette smoking is constant. There are also some strong Spanish-language words uttered, only some of which are translated in the English subtitles.
Is It Any Good?
Produced by the same studio responsible for popular series like Velvet, Grand Hotel, and Cable Girls, this entertaining Spanish period saga delivers a solid plotline filled with whodunits and dark, hidden family truths. As the series' stories progress and become more complicated, so do the well-crafted characters, especially that of the young but determined Eva (played by Pan's Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero).
High Seas tells a good story, but its historically accurate, and very elaborate, set designs and detailed period costumes are especially captivating. Meanwhile, the lavish transatlantic ocean liner itself serves as a quiet character, and the only one who knows the absolute truth behind everything that is happening. If you like period mysteries and high drama, you'll enjoy binge-watching this one.
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