Parents' Guide to


By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Complex, moral leading man sells British period drama.

TV PBS Drama 2015
Poldark Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Poldark - morally wrong

Thought this was a great show until the main male character decided it was just to break every law you could think of then cheat on his wife with another woman and said “it had to be done”. Encourages terrible morals and definitely not for children. I am 23 and I stopped watching the show after I saw the cheating that was being passed off as necessary.
3 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Not A Family Show

This is not a series for christians or families who care about their walk with God or moral walk. The main character played by Aidan Turner returns from war and finds out his fiancee is about to marry another man. There are affairs throughout the show in each season. There is a 'priest' who is totally depraved. There are not any characters involved in marital relationships that are faithful to their spouses! Do not watch this show!

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (13):

Based on the Poldark novels by Winston Graham, Poldark is a sweeping drama about loss, love, grief, and vindication. Ross is a complex, powerful central figure whose refusal to give into other people's influence makes him an anomaly, and ultimately a beacon of morality, among an otherwise prototypical cast of characters. That's not to say that everyone around him is bad; it's just that they toe the line of status quo with far more vigor than Ross does, and in an environment where privilege and money tend to make the rules, it's always refreshing to see someone stand for liberty, equality, and common decency. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Turner is rustically handsome, war wound and all.

You don't need to have read the books to enjoy this beautifully crafted series set to a beautiful soundtrack and the matching backdrop of the English countryside, whose post-Revolutionary British point of view isn't a familiar one, at least on the American side of the pond. With its intriguing cast of tortured souls and master manipulators, and the struggle of some between duty and desire, many equally fascinating stories are being told simultaneously.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate