Parents' Guide to

The Terror

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Explorers confront fear of the unknown in scary mystery.

TV AMC Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Fantastic series but please don’t show to kids

Fantastic writing, dialog, and sets. Fully recommend for adults with a strong stomach for very graphic scenes. I can handle gore to a good degree but this one had me turning away 50% of the time during tough scenes. All that being said, it is one of the best things I have watched in many years.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This exciting, tense mystery series is reminiscent of two media landmarks: Alien and Lost. Like Alien (which shares a producer with this series in Ridley Scott), The Terror transports us to a strange and unfamiliar place: a mass of ice in the Arctic ocean in 1845, where there's nothing but vast expanse in all directions, including down into the gloomy depths of the water. The cinematography and art direction are stunning enough on their own, but the story also manages to find plenty of surprises in the supposedly barren landscape, as the crews of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebes explore the ice and what's underneath.

As in Lost, when the characters explore, they continually discover that something about this place is not quite right. When a crew member starts vomiting blood, it's not simply because he has scurvy; the ship's surgeon can't figure out what's happening. Men have visions of spirits imploring them to run away. Others disappear inexplicably. And, of course, as the members of the expedition try to survive, they must also figure how to work together, despite plenty of suspicion, grudges, and personal agendas between them. Both Alien and Lost sparked hundreds of imitators, but The Terror gets right precisely what those two did, without copying them explicitly. It immerses us in a completely unfamiliar yet fully realized world, rife with immense and unknowable danger, and it pits its characters in a duel to the death against forces of nature they can't even fathom.

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