Parents' Guide to

The Path

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark drama about a shadowy religion best for teens and up.

TV Hulu Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Practically porn

Filled with nudity and sex scenes from episode one and forward. Not safe for kids
age 18+

MA rated for a reason

Well....this is a dark and interesting take on what cult religions can be like, it has potential to be intriguing. However, I was disappointed that there was a nude scene in the first episode...not appropriate for teens and not even comfortable with husband watching it. A woman approaches a man, not married, and disrobes and you see her breasts for a good, probably 30 second scene, the context is sexual...not sure on exact time but it was plenty long, not a quick flash. If this is in the first episode, what is to follow? Porn has become mainstream. Obviously with a MA rating to be somewhat expected. Parents be aware.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This creepy, well-acted drama definitely has a hooky premise, but it's slow-burning and talky -- teens may get bored, though the intricate plot will have charms for some. Chief among them is learning more about the tenets and practices of Meyerism, which show creators insist is not meant to be a twin of Scientology, though it bears many similarities. With many shots of cracked-open doors, long mysterious corridors, Meyerist symbols carved into doors and clocks and books, The Path slowly draws viewers in. Nothing much happens for moments at a time: People sit and talk, they take car rides, they debate. But slowly a picture emerges of a noose tightening, particularly around the neck of Eddie, a good man caught in the grip of something bigger than himself. It's a story line that takes some sophistication to appreciate. Viewers who watch distracted, half-watching and half-playing with their phones, may complain that "nothing happens." Yet others who don't mind letting a drama slowly unspool, particularly those who have an interest in cult-like religions, will be glad to get caught in its spell.

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