Parents' Guide to

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Brooding, book-inspired drama is a captivating watch.

TV BBC America Drama 2015
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Great but has some nudity

If we are talking about families with kids, this show is great until episode 3. A good way into the episode, almost at the end, there is a scene where a slave woman is shown giving birth. We see brief but clear shots of her breasts, about 3 times. The scene does have context and is not senseless sexuality but if you aren't ready to have your kids see that kind of thing, you may want them to look away. Having read in previous reviews that this show was completely clean, I went into a great show with interesting characters, only to have the shock of episode 3. I haven't continued yet, so I don't know if there is more than just this scene or not, so be aware.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 15+

Common Sense Media is lacking

After finding the review on common sense, I decided to give this show a shot. The show is listed as having no sexual content or nudity, great! 3rd episode in they show a topless slave giving birth. So I got to start watching a show due to an incorrect review. I've found several like this, so it would be nice if the reviews were made better and not have a review of a whole show based on a single episode or snippet.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a dark and gloomy -- but ultimately riveting -- fantasy drama that takes place in a reimagining of the Napoleonic wars era. Despite their drastic differences of personality, both leading men are compelling -- Jonathan for his recklessness and charisma, Norrell for his manic quest for acceptance by way of ultimate power. The resulting struggle has dire repercussions for both men and consequences as far-reaching as the wars that are raging.

But magic is only half the story. Much attention also is given to the concept of politics in this Victorian period drama, mostly as it's interpreted by the London outsider Norrell's attempts to gain acceptance for himself and his craft among the stringent ruling parties. The length to which he goes to prove himself and his intentions, and the fallout as Jonathan hones his skills with careless abandon, set the stage for a fascinating fantasy that fans of this genre will love.

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