Now Apocalypse

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silly, surreal comedy has cursing, sex, nudity.

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

Positive Messages

The apocalypse is coming, and it might have something to do with sex. Or not. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ulysses is flawed but a sensitive human being. He and his friends don't seem to fully embrace adulthood.  


References to cyberstalking. Some bicycle crashes, pushing, shoving, and an act of extraterrestrial sexual assault. 


Lots of nudity (bottoms and breasts) and simulated sex acts. Online porn that's shown includes BDSM scenes and sexual fetishes. 


Cursing is frequent, including "f--k" and "s--t."


References to Instagram, Tinder, other social media. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Vaping, drinking, and pot smoking visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Now Apocalypse is a mature comedy series that contains lots of strong sexual content (nudity, porn, simulated sex acts), as well as cursing and pot smoking. Dating, pursuing the Hollywood dream, and alien invasions are all themes -- it's a wild ride that older teens will enjoy. References to social media apps like Instagram and Tinder are common. 

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What's the story?

Created by filmmaker Gregg Araki, NOW APOCALYPSE is a comedy series about a group of four 20-something friends trying to find fame, fortune, and love in Los Angeles during pre-apocalyptic times. Ulysses Zane (Avan Jogia) is a frustrated actor who is trying to find love while trying to figure out his life. He's also having weird nightmares that have him a little bit worried. Luckily, he's got good friends -- like fellow wannabe actress Carly (Kelli Berglund) and his rich roommate and aspiring screenwriter Ford Halstead (Beau Mirchoff) -- to help him work through his anxieties. But when he meets Gabriel (Tyler Posey), he gets the sense that the universe is taking a strange turn. Halstead's girlfriend, Severine Bordeaux (Roxane Mesquida), an astrobiological theorist, seems to be thinking the same thing. 

Is it any good?

This adult-oriented comedy series mixes romance, humor, and science fiction to create a show that balances the silly and the surreal. The characters, most of whom are too immature or clueless to recognize that their Hollywood dreams will never be fulfilled, spend their time writing, eating, and hooking up with the help of social media apps. When the show's dreamlike and creepy "end of the world" story comes out of nowhere, it's quickly and smoothly woven into their lives.

It's hard to define what Now Apocalypse is really about, which makes watching it feel like you've tuned in to some sort of televised theater of the absurd. Some will find it tiresome, but viewers who like mature, sex-positive coming-of-age humor will find it worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sexuality on TV. When do you think it's OK (if ever) to show innuendo, promiscuity, nudity, or explicit scenes on a show? Is any of this appropriate for kids?

  • Now Apocalypse features lots of cursing, smoking, and other adult behaviors. Does this make the show funnier? Stranger? Can it accomplish the same things without this content?

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