A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A heavily plot-driven crime show, there are few positive messages to be found.
Positive Role Models
Though set in a small British town, it features a diverse cast in supporting roles, though all of the lead characters are white.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is limited to general talk about romantic relationships. Brief male backside nudity is featured.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.
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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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.