Parents' Guide to

The Great

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fun, bawdy period series is full of swearing and sex.

TV Hulu Comedy 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

reviews are over-exaggerating!

the show was based in the 1800s so what did y’all expect of course it’s going to be a lot of sex and swearing. but other than that that this show is really great but yeah since there is a lot of swearing and sex it should be 13+ but not what the other reviews say 18 plus no i think 13+ you can’t keep hiding stuff from young teens as if they aren’t going to experience it soon.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+
For mature audiences. Sex and very strong language in every episode. Not for kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (6):

This fun, adult-oriented period piece tells of the rise of the young Catherine the Great through a successful blend of historical drama and campy, slapstick humor. It stays true to some accurate history about Catherine, including her love for education and the arts, as well as her desire to build a more progressive and powerful empire. But the storytelling process also relies on physical comedy and bawdy hypersexuality. This is mostly used to highlight the absurdity of Emperor Peter's court, which is ruled by an insecure man who is often ridiculous and, when crossed, cunningly cruel. Some of the comic devices feel a little too repetitive at times, but these are easy to get past, thanks to Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult's superb performances of their mercurial characters. Overall, The Great is smartly written and well produced, making it binge-worthy entertainment.

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