The Umbrella Academy

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

age 15+

Great actors in quirky, dark, violent comic adaptation.

Netflix Drama 2019

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 274 reviews

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age 13+

great show

This is suitable for 13+ if they are mature. I think at some points of this show it is a TV-MA show there is a scene of a tank shooting someone’s head off you can see his headless body and you see the tank shoot it off. The show is so violent that it earned a TV-MA rating for a short time period on netflix but was then moved back to TV-14. But currently it is back to TV-MA which I assume is because of the season 3 which is coming soon. they probably looked at season 3 and decided to rate it TV-MA before adding it. but for seasons 1&2 i recommend for a mature 13 year old. so yeah great show recommend.
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age 17+

stylized creepiness with a dark film noir

It's really very good but you've got to keep it in the right age group. It is just plain violent, with a lot of gratuitous violence used for humor and entertainment. Beyond that it is profane, vulgar, and filled with conflicted and inconsistent characters that make for very good interest but poor role models. In a sense it's a creator of a lot of good conversation between you and your older teen. But the level of violence is inappropriate for younger teens who are still trying to separate fantasy violence from reality, and even many adults can become desensitized to violence and abuse, and this series is rife with them. That said the performance of the actors in this very quirky slightly supernatural mystery is extraordinary. Likewise the plot with its twists and the sets with their detail are brilliant. It is a beautiful piece of art, but the fact that it has a character who presents as 13 years old does not mean this is for 13 year olds. This is not some kind of real life drama where we discuss choices that the characters make with our kids. This is mad cap fantasy that requires a maturity to just simply recognize this is entertainment, it is over the top, it has nothing to do with reality.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.

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