Parents' Guide to

The Messengers

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violence, drinking, biblical imagery in apocalypse drama.

TV CW Drama 2015
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age 16+

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Highly religious. Sci-fy. Fiction. Different. It's like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and similar shows. Hope to see it again on Netflix/adult programs only because the religious tones may offend. So don't watch it if you don't like it because its not your cup of tea.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Anyone who's read the biblical passages pertaining to the Christian Rapture (or, even more indelibly, sat quaking in a church pew as a minister thundered the story to a congregation) knows it's a terrifying tale, whether one believes it's actually going to happen or not. War, famine, pestilence, death riding in on a pale horse, devils, angels, lakes of fire: This is some scary stuff, and so The Messengers might be particularly terrifying to young children who are being raised in the Christian religion (which could be a good opportunity for a family discussion of beliefs).

That said, apocalypse tales litter the cinematic and television landscape, each attempting to creep out today's living humans by envisioning a possible demise. Does this particular scenario succeed? Largely, it does. Giving the leads of the show special powers -- an event most definitely not spelled out in biblical passages -- lends the proceedings a pleasant superhero-y feel, and the show's creators have a knack for compelling imagery: a signal traveling from an electrical cord right on out into space, knocking out a satellite; a deployed air bag with splashes of blood on it. Fans of apocalypse tales will want to watch on.

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