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Parents' Guide to

The Fall

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Serial-killer drama targets adults with sex and violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2013
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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 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Very disturbing but a great show.

Not something for kids to watch at all. The whole show focuses on a serial killer in Belfast so clearly a lot of ideas are very disturbing and quite scary (especially as the killer focuses on his murders being quite sexually driven). Fantastic performances but this is something you do need to be mature about when watching it.
age 18+

Disturbing show

DO NOT let your kids OR teens watch this show. The Common sense media review does not reflect the violent and abhorrent nature of the show. Sure it is well produced and the acting is great but WTF were they thinking with the story line?! I have seen plenty of crime and violent shows but this is disturbing and frankly not worth my time. It is done as if to normalise this aweful way of violence - constantly showing the very violent rape-sex-aggresive-realistic-sick scenes right after or before the scenes of the killer having a normal family life with his kids. The worst of it is not the nudity, or the sexual material or even the killings. The worst is the merging of the normal with the sick. .. Giving the necklace of one of his victims to his daughter...Really?? Dont watch it. Ps. and why is there no icon in the common sense media review for "too sick". Or something similar.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Paul Spector is quiet as he listens to a bereaved couple relating their agony at losing their son, murmuring only a few calm questions as they talk. If you closed your eyes, you could imagine he's really trying to help. But as the camera shifts, the viewer sees he's doodling out a picture of the grieving mother topless -- a prime example of how The Fall shows instead of tells, with chilling results.

This show is binge watching at its best; it's at once compulsively watchable and intelligent, well-written and beautifully acted with compelling performances to boot. But make no mistake: It's not for kids, thanks to the disturbing nature of Spector's crimes and the show's frank portrayal of sexual acts. Even parents with older teens might want to think twice before giving them carte blanche to watch, much less binge-watch, with reckless abandon.

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