The Rain

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining dystopian thriller has cursing, strong content.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Climate change can have fatal results. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Simone is strong, courageous, and never stops being committed to Rasmus. The group is loyal to each other. 

Violence

People are shown writhing in pain, vomiting, and dying. Semi-automatic weapons used to kill (blood splatter sometimes visible). A gang rape is suggested, and cannibalism is a theme in one episode. 

Sex

Folks in underwear, partial stages of undress; one episode shows partially exposed breasts.  Romance, jealousy, and relationship issues emerge. 

Language

"Damn," "s--t," "f--k." Rude gestures. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hard liquor consumption and smoking occasionally visible. Morphine, rohypnol, and injected sedatives are used in various contexts. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Rain is a Netflix original series about survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. It features disturbing images of people writhing in pain, being shot with semi-automatic weapons, and dying. As the series moves forward, content gets stronger, including sexual violence, partial nudity, drinking, smoking, and drug use. Romance, jealousy, and other coming-of-age themes are also present. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySteph B. May 12, 2018

Dumb Dumb Dumb

Don't waste even a minute watching this! It starts off dumb, and just gets dumber and dumber with each passing second. The writers, director, actors and... Continue reading
Adult Written byEmIlyPlayzhere j. May 9, 2018

My review as a 12 year old gal.

Okay, so I highly believe that this is an okay age appropriate show. It isn't appropriate for kids under the age of 7th grade.. Okay great bye idc anymore... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGazouuu May 23, 2018

The context is good and the episodes are ok

I didn't watch the whole series but there are many dead bodies with explicit content and the survivors and starving to the death, people kill each other fo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLiloupetra June 5, 2018

What's the story?

THE RAIN is a Danish series about a pair of siblings trying to find answers after a virus-infected rain wipes out most of civilization. Simone (Alba August) and her younger brother Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen) spend six years hidden in a bunker after the rains started, hoping that their father will return for them. After being found by a band of young survivors, including Martin (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), Beatrice (Angela Bundalovic), Jean (Sonny Lindberg), Lea (Jessica Dinnage), and Patrick (Lucas Løkken), they make their way throughout post-apocalyptic Scandinavia looking for safety and for answers. Simone knows that her brother is the key to understanding everything that's happened, and that her father knows the truth. 

Is it any good?

This gritty dystopian series, which is dubbed into English, combines horror-laced thrills and a classic coming-of-age story to create something unrelentingly dark and compelling. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that was actively destroyed by climate-related events, Simone, Rasmus, and the rest of the group build friendships, fall in love, fight jealousies, while simultaneously face the brutality of the diseased and violent world they are now forced to live in.

The overall story, which sometimes feels like a cross between Contagion and The Walking Dead, isn’t particularly original. The warning it sends about the negative impact humans have on the climate is obvious, too. But this doesn’t stop The Rain from being entertaining. The harrowing details of their journey, along with flashbacks of pivotal moments in each character's lives, are offered at a pace that leaves little time to get bored. If you’re looking for a binge-worthy end of the world drama, The Rain will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dystopian stories. How do they address current social problems? Why set something in an alternate reality?

  • What messages does The Rain offer about climate change? Environmental ethics?  What other points does it attempt to make?

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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