Parents' Guide to

The Purge

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark, violent film-based show is better than it has to be.

TV USA Drama 2018
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age 16+

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age 13+

The Purge Tv Series Review

The Purge TV Series is a show about the experience of multiple people throughout the 12 hours of lawless. The show kind of disappointing me in a way that is kind of hard to explain. The show does not have the same fun feeling like The Purge films had. The show also had a slow start in the first episode to start the night of anarchy. The series so far has shown a threesome in flashbacks and has some scary popouts that could be fighting to certain viewers. Overall I'm not impressed by this series as it is disappointing, weak on gore and scares. I'm going to give The Purge TV Series a 5.9/10
age 18+


There’s way too much violence In this tv show that it shouldn’t be aired. The way the world is now this is giving bad ideas for people to act out more violences . This should be banned and canceled. So disturbing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This spooky, compelling series proves that a night in which every crime is legal makes a dandy idea for a series -- not just a movie (or four). Some pretty deft storytelling is afoot here, and those who have a taste for darker entertainment will be sucked in by the very first world-building episode. The line between the haves and have nots is stark, particularly on the big night, when the rich hide behind high-tech security systems and the poor behind plywood panels, despite the fact, as an opening news radio voice-over tells us, that Purgers are increasingly targeting such easy-to-break-into homes. And, the series soon reveals, the Purge itself was specifically engineered to get rid of said have nots; it's "the Great Liquidator," in the parlance of one rich creep who has a lot to gain from the 99 percent offing each other.

Meanwhile, several other plotlines keep things boiling on other burners. Just who does Jane want dead enough to risk her own safety, and what's involved in this big-money deal important enough for a Purge Night all-nighter? What's Penelope's motivation for joining a blue-robed cult that sells sacrificial suicide? The twists are slowly doled out, but this show's nicely handled shots of menace and creepy visuals keep things snappy. At one point, a panicked Jane runs into a man sharpening a huge blade in the basement of her building. He smiles and calls out in a friendly way, "Don't worry. It's not for you!" But if you think that makes Jane safe, The Purge has another think coming for you.

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