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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drinking, drugs, sex, violence in mysterious sci-fi drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2015
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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 23 parent reviews

age 17+

An excellent programme for older teenagers and adults

As many of the other reviews mention, this programme contains a lot of sex and violence. However, the sex scenes are tastefully portrayed, and it includes frank discussions about the value of sex. Difficult topics like abuse, addiction and suicide are approached in sensitive but informative ways. Overall, it is very varied and educational, including characters and actors from all over the world of all ethnicities, nationalities, genders and sexualities. And, to top it all off, the storyline is engaging and full of witty humour, as well as truly touching moments that will drive you to tears occasionally!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Turned off 5 min in

The first scene is a lesbian couple having sex with a strap on that they fling and falls wet on the floor. Wish i would have turned it off 1 min in, there was 0 reason for me to try this show that was recommended to me, never taking that persons recommendations again.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Let's be honest: Sense8 is saddled with one of the more clichéd premises of modern TV: strangers with a mysterious connection? What is this, Lost? Yet the show's intriguing execution of said premise puts this drama on the "has something" list, despite some downsides. Chief among them: painfully clunky exposition. In addition, audience members will wonder exactly why characters in far-flung locations all are speaking English. The Korean/German/Icelandic/African characters can't be subtitled, really? They can't even have accents?

Nonetheless, Sense8 has interesting things to offer -- chiefly, characters viewers haven't seen before. Sticking a transgender character right in the middle of the action and making the story not about her gender is a nice modern innovation, and the female characters in general are given plenty to chew on. That's a nice touch for TV sci-fi, which tends to treat its women like love interests with no inner life. Sense8's slow-burn storytelling also is well-suited both to Netflix's binge-watch capabilities and to viewers who insist on TV that stands up to repeat viewing and Internet recap-style criticism and analysis. There are clever ideas at work here. Give this show enough time and attention, and it might grow on you.

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