A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of nonconformity and individualism are at the forefront.
Positive Role Models
It's hard to know who to trust, many characters have a hidden agenda. Some are being manipulated by those in charge, others seem to genuinely want to help. Number Six is a true case study of persistence.
Only a few non-White characters. Women are featured in some leadership roles.
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Violence & Scariness
It's genuinely creepy when people on this show are smothered by the elastic, bouncing orbs called "Rovers." That said, most of the tension is derived from psychological situations enacted by those controlling The Village with only a handful of scenes showing actual fist fights -- it's not bloody or graphic. Some characters attempt suicide as a means of escape.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters are seen drinking and smoking, though most of the drinks provided to villagers is non-alcoholic. Substances like knockout gas and other experimental drugs are used to make people compliant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Prisoner is a surreal 1960s mystery/thriller with elements of sci-fi. The series touches on topics like mind control, suicide, and captivity. Characters are forced into submission by means of knockout gas, drugs, and psychological conditioning. There's a creepy, rubbery white orb (yes, really) that stalks and immobilizes those who attempt to escape. The show's creator and star refused to do love scenes and was avidly anti-gun, so there's nothing concerning in that regard.
Is It Any Good?
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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