Parents' Guide to

The OA

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strange, supernatural sci-fi series has disturbing content.

TV Netflix Drama 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 15+
The OA is a beautifully directed show with some very important and thought provoking themes. Some may say that the show has too much sex or violence, but I would disagree saying that it doesn’t have more than what children are already exposed to everyday throughout media usage. The OA presents messages of self made families and of hope in a very unique and authentic way. Along with this the story telling of the show is able to draw you in and it keeps you wondering what will happen next. Although the reviews for this show are not all positive I recommend that you open your mind to the messages of this show and try to give it a chance.

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age 13+

really good show, but not for the smallest

The show is put out very well, maybe not for everyone. If you like it, you'll love it. Yes, it contains some nudity but teens are used to that these days, I mean if you open the internet adult videos are probably the easiest to find. Language wise, the show is not more than what most people are used too.

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Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (13):

This unique Netflix series mixes edgy realism with mysticism, time travel, and horror to create a viewing experience that is as confusing as it is engaging. It tells a good story, but the narrative's constant flashbacks are sudden and jarring, and current events often fail to explain the logic behind it all. There is a spiritual component to it, too, but these moments feel awkward and are often overshadowed by the disturbing drowning scenes that precede them.

All this being said, The OA is compelling if you're looking for something that's strange and unpredictable. The strong cast, which also includes Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, and Alice Krige, also makes the series easy to commit to. It isn't an easy journey, but the unique blend of genres will be an interesting watch for some viewers.

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