Into the Badlands

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Fictional future has no guns but runs on sex and violence.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Though guns have been outlawed in favor of "peace," the Badlands are decidedly dark and violent. Power and corruption are major themes, and the fight scenes take center stage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the show offers an array of strong female characters, role models are murky, and the enemy is often unclear. That said, the two main characters are on a positive quest for enlightenment.

Violence

No guns, but a variety of other deadly weapons, from knives and swords to bare hands; action scenes are extremely graphic with spurting, spraying blood, breaking bones, stabbings, and impalements.

Sex

Simulated sex is suggestive, with bare backs and creative cutaways, but stops short of showing sensitive parts; characters engage in prostitution and adultery.

Language

Unbleeped language includes "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The opium trade is a major part of the plot; a main character sells it, and several characters smoke it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Into the Badlands follows characters living in a postapocalyptic future that's outlawed the use of guns in favor of fists and swords. Action scenes are intense and incredibly graphic, with gruesome injuries (including impalements and bare-hands bone-breaking) that yield buckets of blood, and unbleeped language includes words such as "s--t." Sex scenes are highly suggestive, though you won't see any sensitive body parts, and the opium trade plays a key role in the plot.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHelen M. March 8, 2017

Creative Storyline, but too much gore and sex

I'm surprised that no one has said this already, but if you're into dystopian dramas with supernatural twists, this is your show (think any samurai/ni... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 year old Written byLiz H. May 26, 2017

Tons of action, poor story line

Show is extremely violent and bloody but the story is predictable and boring. It's great for ridiculous action but otherwise I would suggest something else... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Set in a postapocalyptic future where guns no longer exist, INTO THE BADLANDS follows seasoned warrior Sunny (Daniel Wu) and the mysterious M.K. (Aramis Knight), a young teen with dark powers and a price on his head, on a shared quest of self-discovery that will change their lives forever. But facing the wrath of two rival Barons (Marton Csokas and Emily Beecham) as they move through the Badlands' seven territories will take every shred of skill they have between them.

Is it any good?

Is it a martial-arts epic? A postapocalyptic western? A fable set in a future that looks curiously like the Old South? Whatever it is, it doesn't really matter: It’s all about the fighting anyway. And with that fighting comes blood -- a lot of blood -- sliding Into the Badlands inches away from TV-MA territory without ever technically being there. From Breaking Bad to The Walking Dead, AMC is known for pushing edgy material, and this genre-bending drama is no exception.

Thanks to action scenes staged by acclaimed martial-arts choreographer Ku Huen Chiu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Into the Badlands has authentic Hong Kong-style kung fu credentials, and it’s doing something unique by bringing a serial martial-arts drama to the small screen. But the target audience here is admittedly small --and it probably shouldn't include your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Into the Badlands' fight scenes and how the visuals compare to those of other TV dramas. Is the show aiming for realism, fantasy, or something in between? How much blood is too much, and where should networks draw the line when it comes to violence?

  • How do women in In the Badlands measure up to men in terms of political power and physical strength, and how do the female characters rate as role models? Are the Badlands' fictional power and social structure radically different from that of the world we live in?

  • How does Into the Badlands tie its fictional world to the historical realities of Southern culture and slavery? Which similarities do you see, and is there any significance?

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