A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Head is about living and working closely with other people. It's about respecting differences and resolving conflicts in a productive manner, though it shows many examples of failed attempts to do so.
Positive Role Models
The Head features an international cast of characters who are clever, brave, resourceful, and hopeful.
Violence & Scariness
A series of mysterious deaths is at the center of The Head, but like a horror movie, the show tends to get more mileage out of what isn't shown than what is. Violence includes fist fights, gunplay, explosions, and a beheading, among other things.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two of the main characters are husband and wife, and there's a recurring flashback to a sex scene between them. It shows simulated sex from the shoulders up.
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Profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Based on an iconic horror film of the 1980s, which had been previously adapted in 2011.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol plays a major role in The Head, as characters drink to excess to cope with the traumatic and extreme events that occur. No smoking or drug use are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Head is a suspense/horror series about a team of researchers on an isolated base during the Antarctic winter. When most of the team is discovered dead or missing, the remaining members struggle to find out what happened to them. The Head contains violence, including gun violence, explosions, and a beheading, but most of the suspense comes from what the audience doesn't see. The storytelling creates a feeling of tension and dread among the team, so there's a sense that violence could erupt at any time. The show features some sexual content, including a recurring scene where simulated sex is shown between a married couple, but only above the shoulders. Profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "hell," etc. The Head is directly inspired by the unsettling 1982 horror film The Thing, and could be fun viewing for fans of that film.
Is It Any Good?
Many people, when they find out a story is set at an Antarctic research station, will immediately think of John Carpenter's The Thing, in which a team of researchers are attacked by a shapeshifting alien being that picks them off one by one. The Head wastes no time in admitting to being inspired by Carpenter's film -- the inhabitants of Polaris VI ritualistically watch it on the first night of their long winter.
But The Head isn't just some self-referential Scream-like series for Carpenter fans. It cleverly uses the audience's presumed familiarity with its iconic predecessor to create a deeper sense of mystery once things inevitably go sideways at Polaris VI. Part of the fun of The Head is trying to figure out if it's a pure locked-room mystery or if something supernatural is going on, and it even has the episodic advantage of getting to dig into the characters' relationships and backstories. Using such iconic source material for inspiration could be either brave or misguided, but The Head smartly realizes that any premise as good as this one doesn't need to be confined to one story.
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