The Following

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
The Following Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 17+

Gory crime drama swimming in blood, dead bodies, suspense.

Fox Drama 2013

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Other Reviews are Ludicrous

I agree with the 16 label for season 1. It definitely deserves it. Season 2, however, is very non-violent compared to the first. I never let my kids watch during season 1, but now I let all of them watch (they are 10, 11, and 13). They enjoy it and understand how the violence was toned down due to censorship, so it is a much more mild show than it was a couple of years ago (when I assume the common sense review was written)
age 6+

Season 2 is a different story

I watched season 1 and was very shocked in seeing gratuitous violence. I didn't let any of my kids watch. However, there is very little violence in season 2 because of complaints of excessive violence in season 1. Gone are the gory stabbings, replaced by shooting, and less violent means of injury. I now let my kids watch and we all can enjoy. Season 1 is at least 16 and up, but season 2 is definitely ok for most kids.

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • The Killing Poster Image

    The Killing

    Gripping crime drama takes place in grimly realistic world.

    age 16+
  • The Forgotten Poster Image

    The Forgotten

    Dark-toned crime drama has an inspiring purpose.

    age 14+
  • Law & Order Poster Image

    Law & Order

    Dead bodies + courtroom drama = mature teens only.

    age 15+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate