A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Explores the many different ways love can be expressed between parents and children.
Positive Role Models
Harry and June are portrayed as smart but naive teenagers, committed to their love for each other but not quite mature enough to truly understand its complexities.
Violence & Scariness
A number of mildly bloody fistfights; June's shape-shifting experience is depicted as painful, frightening; a girl is electrocuted as part of scientific experiments; characters are held at gunpoint; a character is killed by a gunshot; a woman purposely burns her leg with a cigarette.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teenage characters have sex under a sheet; no nudity is shown but it's clear what they're doing. A couple kiss passionately while shirtless; the girl is wearing a bra. Characters attend a kinky nightclub where people wear provocative outfits and people are seen kissing.
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"F--k," "hell," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen characters do shots of alcohol and drink beer in clubs and pubs; characters sell and take ecstasy pills; a character snorts cocaine; a father puts sedatives in his children's food; characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Innocents is a dark, serious love story with science fiction elements. Mild scenes of teen sex are mixed with kinkier club scenes and a fair amount of drug use. But violence is probably the big concern here, with bloody fistfights, electrocution as part of scientific experiments, and death by gunshot. A key character's shape-shifting experience is also depicted as painful and scary. More similar in tone to The OA and The Returned than to Stranger Things, this well-acted drama is a great pick for older teens who don't need big thrills but enjoy a story that unravels at a deliberate pace.
Is It Any Good?
Well-acted, and with a layered plot and satisfying revelations, this series begins a bit shakily, and viewers can't be blamed for thinking this is going to be just another "teenager with special powers goes on the run" kind of show. The Innocents soon differentiates itself by not letting the story or the circumstances veer toward the fantastical. It treats the standard situation of teenagers running away realistically and the condition of shape-shifting seriously, and grounds the story with believable consequences. The focus here is more on character development and personal dynamics than on fast-paced action and sci-fi spectacle. Apart from its shape-shifting concept, this is primarily a love story that looks at not only the young love of June and Harry but also other complex variations of connection -- between husbands and wives, parents and children, and more.
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