Most Evil

TV review by
Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Evil minds on parade. Too disturbing for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The "Most Evil" (who all display unthinkable social behavior, including cannibalism and murder) aren't glorified or presented as role models. Role models in this show are forensic scientists and other experts who apply scientific and psychological methods as investigative tools.


In-depth discussion of violent and extremely disturbing crimes, including murder, molestation, and torture; graphic images of real crime scenes.


Descriptions of sexually violent crimes and discussion of psychological disorders in sexually abused children.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Discussion of drug and alcohol use and abuse; images of alcohol and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the crimes and criminals being discussed aren't glorified, this show does delve into the disturbing details of horrific crimes. Dramatic narration, crime-scene imagery, and real video footage add a level of exposé-style intensity. Scientific methods and analysis offer an educational component, but parents need to know that this program frankly discusses disturbing psychopathic behaviors including cannibalism, child molestation, and torture.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydgould November 1, 2009

Putting the blame where it belongs

I really enjoy watching this show it is very informative. I do have a problem however with people not being held responsible for thier own actions. It is always... Continue reading
Adult Written byjpeterson April 9, 2008

a mixed emotion

i would like to say that the show was very enlightening for the most part but i had to tend to disagree with many of the assumptions made about why a person kil... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheBraveInvertibrate April 9, 2008

Facinating show!

Despite the fact that this program is pretty much all about serial killers, "Most Evil" is a facinating documentary series about the minds of serial k... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySMSx523 April 9, 2008

Very Good Show

I really enjoy watching this show! I think that if you are intrested in psychology or criminology, then this would be a show that would spark your intrest. I li... Continue reading

What's the story?

Discovery Channel's MOST EVIL delves into the personal history, horrific crimes, and motivations of infamous killers like Ted Bundy, the BTK killer and Aileen Wuornos (pictured) in order to answer this question: What drives people to commit such horrific acts? The show features leading experts in psychology and neurology (from esteemed institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, and USC) -- including the host, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone -- as they uncover and analyze the physiological and psychological traits and personal experiences of psychotic killers and cold-blooded, psychopathic liars. Is it possible to be born evil?

Is it any good?

The science and investigative approaches presented are fascinating, as are the featured experts and professionals (fields include biology, psychology, and criminology). The show invites discussion and further research of various careers in forensics, psychology, neurology, biology, criminal profiling, and other areas. It also presents good examples of scientific research, methodology, and analysis.

That said, a lot of time is dedicated to describing notorious crimes and criminals in dramatic fashion. Overall, it's interesting and informative, but a decent portion is devoted to slickly produced dramatic effects.Most Evil's borderline-sensational approach keeps the audience's attention, but its sometimes heavy-handed tactics eat up precious minutes that could be better spent on the fascinating scientific evidence. There's certainly an educational component to the show, but the content is questionable for all except mature older teens, and, when combined with the dramatic production (sinister music, a dark narrative tone, and crime scene images), may be too disturbing for younger or more sensitive viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the methods and analysis used by different types of professionals to determine what makes notorious criminals tick. How is evidence from varying sciences combined to create a more complete profile of the criminal mind? How can scientific evidence help in crime prevention and in diagnosing mental disorders? This program also invites discussion of the most severe psychological disorders and the factors behind them.

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