Parents' Guide to

How to Get Away with Murder

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense legal procedural is steamy with some violence.

TV ABC Drama 2014
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 14+

So so good - NOT as sexual as everyone says

I love this show so much - it has a black woman as the main character and a lot of diversity (homosexuality, different races) and it actually shows us what it's like to be a black woman nowadays. It's so interesting, I've never seen anything like this. I don't know what it is, it's just absolutely addicting and interesting with an AMAZING cast. I admire them all. It's well written and has a different way to tell the story which is so unique and worked out very well. However it does have a lot of sexual references, jokes etc and sex is a key theme but they never show anything. No nudity, no sex scenes (oral sex is briefly shown though but it's covered). It can be a little rough at some point, because you get to see abusive unhealthy relationships and such things but that's a part of the story. So for me as a teenager it's so weird that adults actually consider this should be a TV-MA. It does not contain graphic sex scenes, nor graphic violence or language. So the TV-14 rating is just fine. The violence is not graphic. We see a little blood on screen but that's basically it. Highly recommend it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Loved this true crime series, and my tween did too!

This series was so good to watch with my 11 year old. Even though it did contain some sexual references and scenes, you never actually see anything inappropriate or violent. There is some blood/gore but nothing a mature tween couldn't handle. She loved it, especially because of the courtroom drama and true crime, and that the main character was a black woman. I would definitely recommend if your tween is mature.

This title has:

Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Viewers will be a bit disappointed to learn that, though How to Get Away with Murder is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and is made by her company, ShondaLand, Rhimes herself didn't crank out the script. Thus Murder lacks the deliriously insane spark that makes other Rhimes-penned shows such as Scandal or network stalwart Grey's Anatomy so compulsively watchable. Instead, though Viola Davis is so powerful on the small screen that she practically shoots sparks, she's working with material that's beneath her. The plot is so overstuffed with details about what seems to be a grand total of at least 10 main characters that even ultra-compelling ones such as Davis' Keating don't get enough screen time.

Still, breathless as it is, Murder is fun. The cast is cute and seems committed to the material, and taking on a case-of-the-week structure with longer-lasting story arcs about the characters' personal lives makes for a reliable source of drama. Fans of legal dramas, and Rhimes fans in particular, should at least give it a shot for the magnetic presence of Davis to see if this one merits a spot on your DVR schedule.

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