Parents' Guide to

The Bastard Executioner

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutally violent Medieval drama is epic, not for kids.

TV FX 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 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Pilot and season finale

14th century. An English soldier fighting the Welsh in Wales. Has an angelic visit on the battlefield. Tells him to put down the sword and begin a new lifestyle. He becomes a Welsh barley farmer and marries. His pregnant wife and unborn child are murdered. He meets up with a mystical healer. Her mate is an ancient Templar. They tell him about the real Jesus and that the bloodline of Jesus continues on through her and to him. It is a show for mature audiences. Bloody, sexual.
age 15+

unecessary scenes

Within the first few minutes you see a naked behind of a woman during a mans dream. Then another scene with another man and woman having sex with minimal nudity but you see the entire scene of them having sex. Another scene with that man talking to another man while he sits on the toilet trying to "go". Another scene they use slang words to mention oral sex and semen as "the noble seed in the mouth". In my opinion it's got too much useless, sexual, derogatoryand bloody scenes to be worth watching.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Epic in scope, sprawling in cast, and so beautifully photographed that every shot is a glorious painting, this period drama's brutal violence will polarize viewers, but it's still high-quality TV. Even viewers who know nothing of the history behind the plot points will quickly fall under the spell of the dramatic setting: medieval Wales in the midst of a bloody revolution against England. Life, death, battles, court intrigue -- this is classic period drama stuff, done very well under the hands of show runner Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), who brings a similar feel to his new outing.

The show has big events, big drama, Grand Guignol violence, and a massive cast, including Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal, almost unrecognizable here as a witchy mystic/healer. It's mesmerizing, but it's really very disturbingly violent and not for kids. Anyway, kids would have a tough time understanding the Welsh (or pretending-to-be-Welsh) accents. Even adults may want to put on the closed captioning.

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