The Stranger

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Mystery drama relies on intricate plot, has some violence.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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

Positive Messages

A heavily plot-driven crime show, there are few positive messages to be found.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though set in a small British town, it features a diverse cast in supporting roles, though all of the lead characters are white.


Though violence is present throughout, it's not very graphic. A man physically attacks a woman; a woman is shot in the leg; a murder victim is discovered in an unexpected place; etc.


Sexual content is limited to general talk about romantic relationships. Brief male backside nudity is featured.


Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A significant part of the plot revolves around a rave-like party where teenagers drink and do drugs (marijuana, MDMA, PCP). Adults drink frequently and at least one of them has an implied drinking problem.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Stranger is a mystery drama that involves some violence, profanity, and drug use. Teens are depicted drinking and using drugs at an secret party, though the downside of drug use is also shown. Though violent incidents occur in each episode, the show makes an effort to use it sparingly. Many of the crimes involved in the plot of the show have a certain amount of complexity -- blackmail, for example -- which could be lost on younger viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEnro February 14, 2020

Left out of your review

As far as violence, there are extended shots of a murdered alpaca. That was it for me. Gratuitous.
Adult Written byOrhan0813 April 5, 2020

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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byMrAnonymous June 14, 2020

Intriguing and for young teens

Moderate sex references, drug references, moderate violence and mild drug misuse

What's the story?

When a mysterious woman calling herself "THE STRANGER" approaches Adam Price (Richard Armitage) with secret information about his wife, she sets off a chain of events that involves an intricate web of people throughout the town. As Price attempts to cope with the unsettling news about his relationship, his wife disappears and he finds himself embroiled in a series of mysteries that may or may not be related to her disappearance.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the central mystery in The Stranger. Why are mysteries fun to watch? Do you usually guess the resolution or do you like to remain in the dark?

  • How might The Stranger differ from other mysteries you've seen? Who are viewers meant to be rooting for? Who are the suspects? Who are the detectives? How do these roles change as the show progresses?

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