A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's overall message focuses on the human need to band together, both for survival and for companionship -- as well as how, in the face of tragedy, some are able to maintain their dignity and humanity. But it also shows how people, when society crumbles, can devolve into selfish brutes.
Positive Role Models
The main survivors struggle to act with decency when many others have joined roving gangs and are willing to shoot each other for canned food and gasoline. Characters are nuanced, though, so several "good" survivors -- including a former criminal -- struggle with putting the group's needs above their own.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of tense standoffs, sometimes with guns and other weapons, as the survivors of the virus battle for food and other necessities. Though there are few actual fights, many scenes have a strong undercurrent of intimidation. Some explosions, and several scenes with deformed or rotting dead bodies. One character is held against her will and used as a medical guinea pig.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, but some scenes make it clear that sex is imminent. Some men openly leer at women, and in a world without laws, some women trade on their looks to earn the affection -- and protection -- of powerful men.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking. A few characters, especially the villains, like to get drunk and can be quite thuggish after drinking. Occasional smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this post-apocalyptic drama -- which follows a band of survivors who struggle to retain their humanity after a plague has wiped out 99 percent of the world's population -- includes terrifying scenes involving the realization that loved ones are dead, multiple corpses, and tense confrontations with guns and other weapons. The main characters try to work together for the greater good, but they must battle roving packs of thugs who use force and intimidation to take what they need to survive. There's no swearing, not much in the way of graphic/explicit violence (though there's plenty of tension and scariness), and only a few hints of sex, but some scenes feature mature interactions as people discover just how low they're willing to go to survive.
Is It Any Good?
So what happens when civilization breaks down? Abby insists that people are basically good, but the struggle for survival demonstrates what people are really like, and her belief is tested daily by other survivors who are driven by greed and self interest. The last-people-on-Earth drama is an old idea, but it's always interesting when it's done right. Eliminating social conventions, law enforcement, and morality brings out both the best and worst in people and creates high-stakes drama as individuals discover what they're capable of doing to survive.
This thought-provoking British drama is done right. The few survivors are surrounded by what was, until quite recently, a thriving civilization and now have their pick of huge mansions and fancy cars. But the electricity has failed, gasoline is increasingly hard to come by, and few things are as valuable as canned food. Each character is separate and distinct, and they all have very different ideas of how to get by in this strange new world. Some, like Abby, assume that everyone should help each other, while others, like Tom and Sarah, think of themselves first and are very aware that they can't count on anyone else to watch their back.
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