Parents' Guide to

The Fades

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense BBC sci-fi zombie horror series with teen heroes.

TV BBC America Drama 2011
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+


This movie envoles dead people coming back killing humans and eating them. Very strong language, (bleeped out) deaths and frightening pictures, its good but kids cannot watch this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Fades takes the concept of a simple ghost story and spins it into near-convulsions, stirring in a heavy dose of end-of-the-world terror and some classic smart-aleck teenage comedy. There's something very Buffy the Vampire Slayer about the show's approach to horror and episodic television. It's got the same irreverent attitude that Buffy had, but when the rubber hits the road, the threats are very real and the tension is palpable.

Although its demons-vs-angels storyline doesn't deserve many points for originality, there's an honesty to the characters on The Fades that helps the show remain grounded even when its fantastical plots are hurtling headlong toward the end of the world.

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