Parents' Guide to

The 100

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent dystopian drama with strong female role model.

TV CW Drama 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 86 parent reviews

age 16+

Teenagers below 14 and especially children shouldn’t watch this

The story and lore are very engaging but the show doesn’t miss shocking scenes like torture, prolonged executions, being burnt alive and surgeries without anesthesia. The actors are also delivering the emotions of going through all these convincingly enough. Furthermore, drug abuse isn’t absent and SPOILER ALERT, there are scenes where people are being tortured or manipulated by close relatives (parents). Sex scenes are sensored - most of them consist of just people kissing with subtle signs that intercourse is taking place. If you still wanna give it a go, have your children watch it with you but for particularly young individuals be prepared to give lengthy explanations/comfort.
age 15+

Violent, Gory, Teen Dystopian Show

It all boils down to how mature your child is and how well you believe they can handle content such as raunchy sex scenes, gore, self-harm, and death. Very enjoyable show with mature themes present. There is also drug abuse and eventual suicide of a character, so be warned.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (86 ):
Kids say (279 ):

Based on a book of the same name, this series is a tantalizing dystopian drama laced with suspense, teen romance, and plenty of bad guys you'll love to hate. Equally visible are some quality role models, particularly pragmatic Clark, whose only offense is spreading the truth about the Ark's dwindling supplies; and her fearless mom, Abby (Paige Turco), who sticks to her own ethical code in spite of outside pressure.

This action-packed show is heated and violent, yes, but it's not without good reason, given the urgency of the story line. Unquestioned capital punishment and the totalitarian power of the Ark's governing body would hardly be viable plot points for viewers if the story didn't present them in the right context of an oppressive, Draconian society. But even with such justification, the violence in The 100 is very graphic and often erupts between teens, so take care in sussing out your teen's readiness for this weighty story and its messages.

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