Parents' Guide to

October Faction

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, strong language dominate books-inspired series.

TV Netflix 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 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Disjointed, Nonsensical - Watch Grimm Instead

This confused show can’t decide if it’s about teenage angst or monsters or conspiracies. The overarching organization the parents work for is never really explained, the monsters are never described, and there are too many conflicting plots and storylines to keep track of. The swearing is gratuitous - with frequent “Jesus” and “Jesus Christ” from all characters - and there’s no moral foundation ever shown. The teen characters are grating and don’t talk like teenagers. Most of the adults have unclear motives, not because its building suspense or intrigue, but because they’re poorly crafted. The actor who plays the father looks zoned out and delivers most of his lines as though he can’t wait to get off the stage. There is nothing funny or very entertaining here. “Grimm” did a MUCH better job with this type of secret human-looking creatures - watch it instead.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 18+

Just a really bad show

This is just a really bad show. The concept is okay, but it is poorly executed. They seem to add swearing, casual gay sex, etc to try to be edgy but it just comes of as desperate. Tamara Taylor's acting in the show is the best thing about the show, but it isn't enough to save it.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This high-drama series has all the ingredients for a gripping TV addiction for mature sci-fi fans, but it falls short of the mark on several counts. The cumulative acting is surprisingly clunky for a cast of individual talents such as they are, but that presents as more of an issue of imprecise writing than anything else. And speaking of writing, while the overall edginess of the violent, gritty content certainly warrants some salty language in parts, October Faction interjects excessive and unnecessary amounts of cursing that don't feel at all organic in some cases, ultimately compromising the intensity of some of the scenes.

That's not to say that this well-produced series won't garner a following. There's enough intrigue and tantalizing drama bridging the episodes to ensure that viewers who power through the show's misfires will want to come back for answers on a slow reveal. What's more, the Allens are a likable kind of character in how they ride the fence between heroes and renegade justice seekers. And just how and where Geoff and Viv fit into the picture remains to be seen as the October Faction story plays out for those who are willing to weather the show's considerable rough patches.

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