Parents' Guide to

The Stranger

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mystery drama relies on intricate plot, has some violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Dark, Intriguing & Creepy

The Stranger is the perfect series for people who love mysteries and settings where nothing is as it seems. You'll be drawn in to watch it when you see the trailer and see that it's only 8 episodes long, but after you watch the first episode, you'll watch the second to see if a couple of loose ends are cleared up but that just results in more mysteries so you'll watch the next and the next and so on. It's a quick watch because of this but you'll be thinking about it all day trying to figure these mysteries out (you should be a detective if you can figure out everything revealed at the end). I found it to be an ok series but I'm personally more into a bit lighter films and series, the ending stays with you for a while, you think it over and I thought it kind of ruined it for me but everyone has they're own opinions. There's more violence in this then the review suggests as it gives you the impression there's only one body found. This is wrong as there are 4 bodies found (3 dead) and he review says that the only violence is a man attacking a woman and shooting her leg. This is also wrong as there are scenes where a man attacks 4 different woman in the space of about 20 minutes, all woman were unarmed and one of them was his own wife. The violence he commits is relatively brutal as he hits them against furniture, mirrors etc. and even shoots 3 of them. This also shows a scene where a child says "F**k" and a secondary plot line around a teenager taking very strong drugs at a party.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

Great show but definitely for adults

It was soooo violent!

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

In lieu of a single, compelling premise, this series' mystery is a web of disparate threads, which not only makes it plot-heavy but prevents any real character development. Netflix's previous adaptation of a Harlan Coben novel, 2018's Safe, starring Michael C. Hall, was largely successful on the strength of the story's urgency: Hall's character charges around a small town to find his kidnapped daughter. It's fun to think of The Stranger as the second installment in a Netflix-Coben anthology, but this miniseries lacks many of the elements that made Safe so satisfying. Without someone truly interesting to root for, the burden is on the eventual plot payoff -- one that never really comes.

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