A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contains positive messages about redemption and community.
Positive Role Models
Characters show courage, honesty, and compassion.
Takes place in a small community that includes several actors of color, father and son Muslim characters, and a disabled teenager. Some subplots concern tension between the Muslim sheriff and Christian townsfolk.
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Violence & Scariness
The horror miniseries includes unsettling images, such as dead people and animals.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters, including a group of teenagers, are shown drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. One of the central events (and the opening of the series) is a drunk-driving accident where a teenager is killed, and the surviving character, now clean, talks about drug use throughout the series.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Midnight Mass is a horror mini-series about a small Christian community where strange and amazing things begin to happen. The series has some of the same creative team and cast as The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, which makes it feel like a horror anthology along the lines of (a less campy) American Horror Story. The major difference is, where the previous two series were based on classic books (Bly Manor is a take on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw), Midnight Mass is an original work. The series is more of a suspense horror than a slasher. Violent acts, which include a car crash and violence toward animals, mostly happen off-screen and are intended to be unsettling rather than shocking or terrifying. The series deals with religious themes, including a lot of discussion of Christianity and a subplot about the one Muslim family in town.
Is It Any Good?
Like a lot of contemporary, allegorical horror, this show tells a story that's more about its characters and themes than about jump scares and gore. In fact, it would be tough to find another series that unravels so patiently. Midnight Mass takes the time to establish its characters and setting before even getting to the freaky stuff, which allows it to deal with bigger themes like religion and redemption.
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