The I-Land

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Bad island mystery a Lost rip-off, has some violence.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Characters learn survival skills, but motivations are tricky to figure out. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is ethnically diverse. Characters act almost entirely out of self-interest.


Violence is mostly limited to threats and fisticuffs, but characters do threaten one another with a knife. A woman fights off a sexual assault. There's a shark attack. A woman is shot in the head and we see her bleeding.


There are sexual situations, but nothing graphic is shown. 


Profanity is used frequently: the f-word, "s--t," "bitch," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The I-Land is a mystery series that involves a group of people stranded on an island without knowing how they've gotten there. This puzzle-box, Lost-style series has some adult situations, including characters threatening one another with knives. A character fights off a sexual assault, there's a shark attack, and a woman is shot in the head and we see her bleeding.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDevinlovesu September 29, 2020


I thought this was amazing is was a huge mind game and I need another season
Adult Written byGeegge September 21, 2019
Teen, 15 years old Written byHeheheheheheeheh December 21, 2019

No. Just. No.

The movie looks like it was scripted by seven pigeons, edited by a 4 year old chimpanzee, and the actors are actually just 2 nine-year old kids in a adult costu... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 9, 2020

hard to describe

this particular serious is cleverly thought out with lot's of twists and turns the concept, however, is a tough one it can be very uneasy going and 4 dime... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE I-LAND, a woman wakes up on an island without having any idea how she got there, or even who she is. She discovers she's not alone -- nine others are in the same situation. The group must figure out how to survive the harsh realities of the island while trying to work together to understand how they got there, who they are, and how they can return to their regular lives.

Is it any good?

Puzzle box dramas need a few crucial elements to succeed: high stakes, twists, and compelling characters -- this series has none of those things. The characters are virtually indistinguishable from one another, and conflicts between them feel manufactured and arbitrary. While the show tries to raise the stakes, characters still seem to treat life-and-death decisions nonchalantly. And the twists are pretty easy to get ahead of, especially if you're familiar with The I-Land's clear predecessor, Lost.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mysteries. Why do you think so many TV shows involve mysterious events? Why do you think these people are on the island? How did they get there? What do we know about any of them?

  • Who is the hero of The I-Land? What do you like or dislike about the characters?

  • What steps do the characters take to ensure they will survive? What steps do they neglect? How would you handle a similar situation?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love mysteries

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