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The Prisoner

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superb 1960s "spy-fi" series is low on iffy content.

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This vintage "spy-fi" serial is full of trippy Space Age/mod visuals, suspenseful plotlines, and a droll, defiant protagonist -- making it hard not to press "next episode" and keep going. Whether or not you really understand just what the heck is going on is kind of beside the point. The Prisoner has a lot to say about authority, non-conformity, paranoia, and technology; not all of it is coherent. But it sure is fun to watch, which is probably why this avant-garde exercise in weirdness remains an influential cult classic to this day.

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