Parents' Guide to

Normal People

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lovely adaptation of popular romance has language, nudity.

TV Hulu Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
age 18+

Glorification of Abusive Relationships

I'm not easily offended by nudity and swearing, so that aspect of this show that others have mentioned isn't what concerns me about Normal People. It's the normalization and acceptance of abusive relationships that make this a terrible TV show. This is definitely triggering to watch for anyone who has been in an abusive relationship (and was fortunate enough to get out alive).

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Luminous and enchanting, this naturalistic love story is a worthy adaptation of the romance novel that made such an international splash that its author has been labeled the voice of her generation. Much of the praise critics have heaped on Normal People (the book) revolves around how authentically Connell and Marianne come off: occasionally ugly, often confused and contradictory, yet magnetically drawn to each other and wonderfully relatable in their fumbling approach to love that's shot through with moments of transcendent beauty and genuine connection. All of these qualities, thankfully, come through in the screen adaptation. Edgar-Jones and Mescal generate enormous chemistry, even before the many sex scenes they share together.

Speaking of said scenes, they're unusual and sometimes awkward, and the camera gives both parties equal attention. Viewers are signaled that they're in for something a little different during the first episode, when Marianne and Connell arrange to meet at Connell's empty house. Terrified, yet eager to move forward, Marianne asks plaintively "Can we take our clothes off now?" It feels real. But better. And so does this lovely series.

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