The Alienist

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Dark, very bloody murder mystery based on best-seller.

TNT Drama 2018

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

Violence against children and animals

Others have already noted the dark themes, including up-close sexualization and exploitation of young boys and brutal violence. If that's not a deal-breaker for you, there's also a scene of a cat being murdered. I've only watched 3 episodes, and I'm not sticking around for the that or the dead babies. Its a well-done show, but not that spectacular.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

Macabre & Bloody not for anyone under 18

Fabulous period costumes, stylish and I love the history but the characters are hard to like and the gore is shocking and disturbing. This is not for children or families. There are very disturbing scenes with dead babies and mutilated body parts. I found certain scenes really disturbing.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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