A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Revenge is a major theme. People often can't be trusted.
Positive Role Models
Many characters are out for their own interests.
Black and White characters populate the main cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Magic rituals and spells are shown, with fire and spooky incantations. Scary imagery includes a person with eyes gouged out, another with teeth for eyes. A teen is threatened with a gun by his father. A character is pushed and killed; he bleeds out onto the floor. A main plot point revolves around serial killers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man appears naked; no private parts are shown. A young couple hold hands. Characters have sex.
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"Piss off," "f---ing," British swear word "twat."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many champagne bottles are left over after a wild party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sandman is a gothic Netflix fantasy series based on the graphic novels by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. It follows Dream (Tom Sturridge), also known as Morpheus, the king of all dreams who rules the mythical land of the Dreaming. Violence includes spooky spells, guns, and threats of abuse, and an animal is shot in a bloody manner. Body horror includes a shot of eyes cut out of a face. A mythical character is nude and held in captivity. Strong language includes "f--k," "piss," and the British swear word "twat."
Is It Any Good?
This languid, dramatic series offers lots of gothic delights for fans of dark worlds. The Sandman starts out with opulent stained glass, brocade curtains, and mahogany, making the Magus' mansion adequately spooky and ornate as a setting for Dream's captivity. Once he's free, Dream's own abandoned palace and other locations are equally lush and detailed. Many newcomers to Gaiman's popular tale may find themselves a little overwhelmed by the depth and drama of his world, but the series quickly enough gives clarity to its characters and plot. Others may find the opaque dialogue and slow pace somewhat tedious, but fans of the comic should be pleased by this sumptuous adaptation.
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