The Staircase

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Powerful acting, realistic gore in true crime series.

HBO Drama 2022

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age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

Great start, nudity & gore ruins it for me.

Quality show with highly skilled actors, but with brutal crime scenes, shown over and over, naked female corpse and full frontal images of men posing naked with erections in first episode. It’s embarrassing to type and even more so watching with your spouse. This should be called out as inappropriate and not beneficial in any way. You could do the show well, without the garbage. language is secondary but also many unwarranted f-bombs that are really unnecessary. not for kids and unnecessary for adults.

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age 18+


Excellent show with wonderful acting, riveting plot, but way too much pornographic images and graphic sex scenes. Extremely tasteless and unnecessary. As another review mentions, there are nude pornographic photos of men that are shown repeatedly and more clearly as the episodes progress. There is also a pornographic movie shown in another scene, and a graphic scene depicting oral sex. So disappointed that an otherwise great show was ruined by such tasteless content. I guess that since porn has supposedly become mainstream, the creators of these shows expect viewers to want it included in their programs. I am deleting my account to HBO max because of this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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