Parents' Guide to

The Irregulars

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Language, spooky visuals in teen Sherlock Holmes riff.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Hollywood Keeps Pushing the Boundaries

I recommended this series to the parents of my grandchildren based on episode 1. When I got to episode, 2, I had to contact them and tell them I could no longer recommend it. After experiencing the f-word, implications of teens sleeping together, a group of people dropping all their clothes (neck up), a naked butt, and a lot of s-words, I am done with this, and so is my family.
age 16+

Gory graphic horror scenes

Commonsense goofed up age! Very gory, not appropriate for sensitive viewers! Implied healthy teeth being ripped out of childrens' mouths, bloody murder victims tied with rope into strange upright poses, glimpse of teen girl before being raped by 3 adult men and given syphilis. And very gory scene of someone cutting off another person's face to wear as mask. Showing image of eyes and teeth in bloody skinless face. Definitely nightmar-ish! Main character finds crazy Sherlock Holmes in a heroin den. What has this got to do with the science and logic of Sherlock Holmes? Not appropriate for Jr. High 7th and 8th grade or even most adults.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

An appealing cast, a light horror-mystery vibe, period visuals, and a fresh spin on a much-explored literary figure keeps this show entertaining despite its hoary case-of-the-week setup. Sherlock Holmes stories have certainly been the basis for endless adaptations, both cinematic and televised, and the rip-roaring success of the Cumberbatch-as-Sherlock series is the obvious inspiration for a teen spin on the old-timey London detective narrative. Setting the action amongst a group of savvy street kids who help Watson and Holmes out with their inquiries is a brilliant idea, and it allows the viewer to see a dirtier, seamier side of 19th century London life than is typical for period dramas.

The young cast is easy to root for, too, especially Thaddea Graham's Bea, who's essentially the older sister/mom figure of the foursome who make up the found family The Irregulars centers on. Steely-eyed and fearless, she makes an excellent heroine to root for, focused on keeping her makeshift family housed and fed and reluctantly involving herself in Holmes' cases for cash rather than as an exciting intellectual diversion, as is often the case with Holmes. The Irregulars' frequent flirtations with horror movie imagery and plotlines is also fun: a villain who can call down ravens to do his murderous bidding? A mystical dream world with a spirit guide who helps solve mysteries? It's weird and it works, like The Irregulars itself.

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