The Passage

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dramatic horror adaptation has vampires, bloody violence.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Themes include unethical scientific experimentation and progressively heading toward a post-apocalyptic world. Parental love, surrogate or otherwise, is also addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brad Wolgast tries to rescue Amy both physically and psychologically. 


Guns, some punching. One scene shows a child being slapped in the face. People turn into vampires, drink blood, bleed, and attack humans. Convicted murderers are sometimes used as experimental subjects. 


Strong sexual innuendo, including moments in bed, no nudity. 


"Hell," "damn, "ass," often uttered by a young child.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A deadly virus is administered to test subjects. Drug abuse, addiction is discussed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Passage is an apocalyptic vampire drama based on a popular book series. It features unethical medical experimentation and some pretty scary vampires, with violent moments that range from guns being drawn and people being slapped or punched (including a child) to bloody vampire attacks. There's also some strong sexual innuendo, tough language (often uttered by a young girl), and conversations about drug addiction and a parent's death. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHhgbboy August 3, 2019

Season 2 please

I sit and watch the show with my grandchildren that's in there beginning teens and 10 yr old we all love the show.
Adult Written byFey2019 March 11, 2019

The Passage

I love the show. I’m waiting for season 2. It’s nice to see Mark in action.
Teen, 17 years old Written byAvergracers March 9, 2019

Good but different from the book.

My family doesn't like how they changed the story so much from the book, but if you don't mind the changes then I would suggest watching the show. I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytay13 March 2, 2019

Pretty good!

I’m 13 and I started watching a show called The Vampire Diaries when I was 12 and I fell in love with it. I watched all 8 seasons in 1 month. TVD (The Vampire D... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the dystopian trilogy written by Justin Cronin, THE PASSAGE follows a federal agent, a young girl, and the creation of monsters in the name of science. The United States is being threatened by a deadly flu epidemic, and the scientists at the secret medical facility known as Project Noah, run by Dr. Major Nichole Skyes (Caroline Chilkezie) and former CIA operative Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza), are working with a dangerous virus that may lead to the cure of all diseases -- or wipe out the human race by turning test subjects into vampires. When Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is tasked with delivering a recently orphaned young girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) to the facility, he goes rogue and decides to protect her at any cost. While the pair attempt to flee, the work being conducted at Project Noah is threatening to have apocalyptic results. 

Is it any good?

This intense series effectively combines drama and horror to create a solid television adaptation of a dark, apocalyptic book series. While the idea of horrifying nonhumans taking over the world is troubling, the inhumanity presented by the scientists who unleash that nightmare might be even scarier. Viewers who like dystopian or horror TV shows will find it worth watching. But those familiar with the trilogy might question if this adaption can stay true to the heart of the overall story, which stretches over 1,000 years. Nonetheless, The Passage is entertaining, and will leave viewers wondering about who the real monsters are. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dystopian worlds. What is a dystopia? What kinds of events present themselves in The Passage that point to the creation of one? 

  • What kinds of changes have to be made to a story when adapting a novel into a television series? What kinds of changes had to be made to Justin Cronin's original story in order to produce The Passage for TV?

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