Persons Unknown

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Compelling mystery with some violence might appeal to teens.

NBC Drama 2010

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+


I started watching “Persons Unknown” recently with my 15 and almost-14 year old sons. For the first few episodes it was fairly clean and extremely interesting. The suspenseful story line draws you in quickly and it’s hard not to keep watching “just one more” episode before bed! Unfortunately, while the show starts out clean, it slowly and gradually spirals downwards. By the final episode, I was wishing that I had never started it in the first place. The show depicts psychological torture that becomes increasingly more and more disturbing, and eventually crosses the line into physical violence. I was disappointed when the bad language started increasing, but decided to stick it out because the rest of the show seemed to make it worthwhile to continue. Then the violence starting gradually increasing, and by the end of the season it was pretty intense. As far as I can remember, there wasn’t any actual sex in the show, but there are some suggestive comments and scenes: a man and woman in bed after sex; a woman dressing and behaving provocatively to try to manipulate a man to get something she wants; suggestive comments scattered throughout the season; and lesbian flirting, including a lengthy girl/girl kiss. (These are in addition to scenes that a previous reviewer already mentioned.) ****************************Spoiler Alert****************************************** I ended up finishing out Season 1, so that we could see how the story ends (it doesn’t, by the way! It segues into season 2, but the show was cancelled and they never made season 2). Towards the end of the season, though, I was watching it with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach; it left me feeling disturbed. In retrospect, if given a chance to do-over, I would not watch the show again.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+


I have watched the first few episodes and for the most part it is very interesting. There is alot of violence between the cast. And there is a young lady you bares her naked front to the camera (thats is watching them) while showing the viewers her back side wearing nothing but her underwear. Initially she shows up at the hotel in a very very short dress. and later gets hit on agreesively by one of the older men you grabs her and forces a kiss on her. One scene the hospital patient has everyone drops there pants to see this thing that was embedded in everyones skin. In the "other" world. A reporter and his boss get a little cozy in the hall of her apartment while she is dressed in a long shirt barely covering her behind. Then they disappear into her room. One man is seen smothering his wife in a brief scene, which later is discussed with him by another man and the smotherer doesnt say anything just walks out.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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