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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Lots of violence in otherwise toothless vampire drama.

TV AMC Drama 2019
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Love this show but not for kids.

I love this show but I wouldn't let my kids watch it.
age 16+

Ok for adults, definitely not for kids

I am a fan of both the original Nosferatu (which this has nothing in common with) and Zachary Quinto. The show goes back and forth between Manx and the very dysfunctional family of Vic McQueen. There are many disturbing images (the killing of the family cat, several children being abducted, violent killings, implied sex and lesbian oral sex, incest, Vic's bleeding eye, the discovery of a woman being only partially buried). This show is not for everyone and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 16. I am well beyond that and wish it didn't have a lot of this content because I think the storyline is quite interesting and well-acted. I'm actually shocked AMC is running this. It really belongs on HBO or Showtime for the content alone.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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The title is a play on F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent film Nosferatu, which lifted its story from Bram Stoker's Dracula, but this series doesn't bear much resemblance to either. Instead, its vampire supervillain feels more like a vague amalgamation of monsters: a ghoul who lures children into his car with Christmas presents, has henchmen murder their parents, and feeds on their souls to remain eternally young. Vic has similarly vague superpowers, and the show feels more interested in its trite depiction of the rich/poor class dynamics amongst McQueen's family and friends. A modern take on the classic vampire story could have had some life in it, but NOS4A2 is unfortunately bone dry.

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