Parents' Guide to

The Hour

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Artful drama explores the origins of news as we know it.

TV BBC America Drama 2011
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Not What I View as TV-14

We're a Christian household, and are always trying to find things that fit within our moral standards. This show does have a lot of cursing (which I mute, aided by a script I find online) and ended up liking the storyline and that there wasn't excessive gore or sex scenes... until either episode three or four, when an extremely inappropriate love scene toward the end started on the screen. Nothing I would let any fourteen-year-old, or even myself, at nineteen, to watch. I am much stricter, I suppose, on what I would consider too intimate for the general public to be exposed to no matter their age, but I find a lot of parents would agree that this is too mature for fourteen-year-olds or anyone under the age of seventeen. So sad because I was enjoying watching the show with all of the mystery and intrigue.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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With its spot-on period details and glamorous styling that artfully captures the feel of mid-1950s London, The Hour has drawn obvious comparisons to the Emmy Award-winning American drama Mad Men, which was set just a few years later in 1960s Manhattan. But smart looks aside, the two shows prove to be very different series, exploring different aspects of media and culture.

While The Hour received mixed reviews from critics across the pond, where it's already aired, it does many things exceptionally well, delivering complex characters, a well-paced story, and, of course, the aforementioned art direction. In fact, the show's biggest drawback is that, true to British form, it contains a mere six episodes -- and you'll probably want more than that.

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