Parents' Guide to

The Bite

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uneven COVID satire has zombie violence, sex work, cursing.

TV Spectrum Comedy 2021
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The satirical comedy features a cast of popular Broadway actors in an odd and disjointed miniseries set at the height of a COVID pandemic that ultimately turns into a zombie apocalypse. As Rachel (Audra McDonald) and Lily (Taylor Schilling) address the realities of the immediate crisis in their own ways, they are also negotiating their careers, as well as personal relationship problems with spouses, lovers, and parents. It doesn't help that most of the series was produced during the real 2020 pandemic quarantine, which created the need for most scenes between unmarried actors to be shot via video conference.

Nonetheless, The Bite does offer some entertaining moments. Both McDonald and Schilling give solid performances throughout, and appearances by folks like Michael Urie, Phillipa Soo, and Ben Shenkman offer some well-timed sardonic humor. Meanwhile, most of the gory, over-the-top zombie activity is more farcical than frightening. But this is juxtaposed with some difficult and sad scenes toward the end of the series, which suggest that despite the crazy premise, we should have taken the entire senseless situation more seriously.

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