The Expanse

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

age 14+

Great writing in dark sci-fi thriller for teens and up.

Syfy Drama 2015

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Love the show NOT the profanity

Every other word out of people's mouths is the "F" bomb. They use it so often it's almost ridiculous. I would never want my 12 year old to hear this. And the sex scenes aren't tame either. I loved the show but it's not family friendly.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Excellent, thought-provoking show

Aside from one sex scene (which is explicit) in the pilot episode and one less explicit sex scene in the second season, this show features almost no sexual content (from what I've seen so far through the first two seasons). There is however a large amount of gratuitous violence and explicit language. Considering the predominant setting (the unforgiving wasteland of outer space), this is to be expected. For a more matured audience, perhaps ages 16 and up, this show features an intricate plot that is indeed complex, interesting and thought-provoking.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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