Parents' Guide to

Marco Polo

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Lush drama is light on accuracy, heavy on sex and violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2014
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+


TOTAL GARBAGE! Porn and silly drama. Don't waste your time. Not for kids. Not even suitable for intelligent adults.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

Basically Pornography

This show is full of sex and gratuitous gore, but even if you can get past that, it's cheesy and mellow dramatic. Do not waste your brain cells or time. And please don't expose your children to this!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (1):

Launched in the wake of critically acclaimed Netflix series such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Marco Polo seeks to capitalize on the streaming service's forward momentum as a maker of popular original content. But, although the sweeping period drama boasts stunning vistas, meticulous costuming, and some impressive action, what it lacks is a compelling story and three-dimensional characters who are actually worth caring about. What you're left with is a series that looks expensive but somehow makes you feel like you got shortchanged.

What it has in abundance, of course, is sex -- lots and lots of sex -- which is likely by design to keep audiences watching. And, although there are historical tidbits amid all the bed-hopping, facts generally take a backseat to flashy visuals and improbable plot twists that take The Travels of Marco Polo (the 13th-century travel tome that inspired this series) into boldly mature territory.

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