Parents' Guide to

The Looming Tower

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Guns, bombs, complicated intrigue in terrorist drama.

TV Hulu Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

The book is better

A lot of swearing about every swear word you can think of, the Lords name in vain is used g**d***, the book that was written took place before 9/11 which is much better, mainly turned this off due to the profanity and the use of the Lords name in vain
age 17+

The CommonSenseMedia Review is for Episode One

This is an interesting and well-acted show for adults, but parents and others who are looking for clean entertainment for themselves or their families should know the review here appears to only concern the first episode. There are additional sex scenes, and by the fourth episode, there is a graphic sex scene with female frontal nudity. I imagine there will be more of this as the show unfolds. Language is extreme throughout the series.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Dark, complicated, and frightening, this complex and meaty drama fascinates by filling in the missing pieces in viewers' understanding of 9/11. We all watched the planes flying into the towers; we saw them come down; we witnessed filmed threats made against America by men in shadowy cabals. The Looming Tower tells the rest of the story: the officials who squabbled rather than cooperating, the agents who risked everything to bring back crucial pieces of intelligence that were then ignored, the missed connections and dropped loose ends that eventually led to the terrible events of September 11, 2001.

Not that those connections are easy to understand. Non-news-junkie viewers may have to watch with Wikipedia at the ready to understand who or what is "Louis Freeh," "I-49," "UBL," "EIJ." Turn on the closed-captions and get ready for some serious Googling. That said, just as The People vs. O.J. Simpson prised out intriguing detail in a story you thought you already knew, so does The Looming Tower shed new light on the inner workings of terrorism as the action zips from secret rooms where serious men make bombs with computer chips and empty plastic soda bottles to D.C. conference tables, where men in rumpled suits argue like kindergartners over their turf. It's fascinating -- and deeply frightening, even though you know where the story is ultimately headed.

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