Parents' Guide to


By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody, clever series has not-for-kids ultra-violent mayhem.

TV AMC Drama 2016
Preacher Poster Image

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+

Graphic Body Horror Comedy not suitable for kids

If Preacher were to be rated by the MPAA, it would likely be too graphic for the R-rating and instead get an NC-17. The content is so disturbing it’s surprising it’s even allowed to be on basic cable, however it’s one of the programs which highlights a movement by both Network and Basic Cable to try to enter the same boundless territory as paid cable like HBO and Starz. To get an idea of how graphic and sadistic the violence is, just read the Parents Guide on IMDB for a list of awful descriptions.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Fairly Interesting

Hi, I am James Owen, age 13. I have viewed the first couple of episodes of Preacher season 1. During what I have seen so far, there has been strong violence and very often very graffic gore. I have seen many films which also include this content such as Jigsaw and Hellraiser and I am quite immune to the gore and violence now. If, like me you are immune then it shouldnt be a problem just DO NOT WATCH INFRONT OF YOUNG OR SENSITIVE PEOPLE as it gets very gory (Cutting off limbs ect). If you have seen stuff like that before then I would think you would be fine. I have had my parents permission to watch these things before you think I am lying to my mum. Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope i gave you some helpful info about Preacher series 1.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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

Loopy, ultra-violent, and surreal, this comic book adaptation centers on an intriguing premise for viewers who appreciate crackling action and fresh characterizations. The show's tone is set by its opening scene, in which a mysterious comet crosses the galaxy and whooshes cinematically into an African preacher who proclaims himself the new prophet in front of his astonished congregation before exploding and splattering his listeners with gore. That's Preacher in a nutshell: gruesome humor that doesn't actually make a lot of sense -- yet. Soon after, we're thrown into a struggle to the death in a car speeding in a cornfield, the bravura introduction to Tulip, a beautiful and mysterious woman from Jesse's past who might have very dark plans for his future.

Or does she? The plot points are so out-there -- a teen known as "arseface" who's atoning for some terrible sin? An abused wife who masochistically loves the pain? A vampire on the lam? -- that those who haven't read the series on which it's based may have some trouble figuring out exactly what's going on. But the type of viewer who can handle Walking Dead-level violence and Sin City-esque stylized violence will appreciate taking the time to work it all out. Warning to parents: The violence is truly blood-and-guts gory; carefully consider whether your children should watch with you, alone, or at all.

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