The Fades

Common Sense Media says

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

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the show's overall message is a battle of good versus evil, characters often make iffy choices.

Positive role models

Even heroes on the series frequently engage in questionable behavior when it comes to attitudes toward sexuality and their treatment of others -- for example, near-constant mocking between two friends.

Violence

The violence on the show is supernatural, but also intense and occasionally graphic (zombies eating flesh with blood dripping down their faces). Characters engage in fantastic hand-to-hand combat with otherworldly creatures who are out to kill. There is also frequent disturbing imagery associated with an apocalypse.

Sex

Two teenage lead characters have a near-constant dialogue around sex and sexuality reflective of their adolescent points of view. Adult characters have consensual casual sex with some minor nudity and underwear shots.

Language

Frequent use of strong language, with words like "f--k" bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teenagers smoke and attempting to purchase cigarettes; occasional social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this UK sci-fi horror series features intense moments of supernatural imagery, including scenes of zombies eating human flesh. There's a recurring motif of "falling ashes" meant to represent the impending apocalypse. Teen characters smoke, swear ("f--k" is bleeped), and discuss sex and sexuality frequently. Adult characters occasionally engage in sex with some glimpses of underwear.

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What's the story?

As THE FADES opens, Paul (Iain De Caestecker) is a rather unremarkable British teenager with a love of pop culture and a movie-obsessed best friend (Daniel Kaluuya). His life becomes rather more remarkable after a chance encounter in an abandoned mall with Fades, strange otherworldly beings who represent the souls of those who have died but not yet gone on to their eternal reward. They are bent on re-entering the living world and must be stopped. Paul's apocalyptic visions reveal him as the key to a war being waged that will determine the fate of humanity itself.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's incorporation of sexuality into the show. Is this how real teens talk about sex?

  • What is the appeal of the apocalypse storyline? And why are teens so often tasked with saving the world? What other shows does this one remind you of?

TV details

Cast:Iain de Caestecker, Johnny Harris, Tom Ellis
Network:BBC America
Genre:Drama
Topics:Magic and fantasy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written bytreat02 February 26, 2012
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um...........

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.

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