Walking Dead Review ~ 14 year old
To concerning families-
The Walking Dead, cleverly produced by Frank Gale (and a number of other talented people), portrays a post-apocalyptic scene complete with stomach-churning gore, amazing graphics, and a stressed plot line. Main components of concern can be traced back to a few categories: violence, swearing, alcohol consumption, and sex (frequency in this order). If you cannot handle violence, this is definitely not the show for you. The question the potential viewer must ask himself should be, "Will this violence affect my grades or mental health?". More than most people may answer with a no. Fortunately, most violence is done to the zombies. However, some is done human x human, mainly due to self defense and protection of resources. Some scenes may be unbearably nasty, adding to the suspensful and exciting effect most viewers experience. Profanity (swearing) appears in great amounts in each episode. Cussing is seen as a way of expressing fustration, and almost every swear word can be heard in this show. Parents need to know they can't always hold back their kids from profanity, as it is said quite often in real life as well. It is the parent's choice to when they want to expose their children. However, I believe an appropriate age is 10-12, when they start to grow up and transition into middle school. At this age kids will have to be accustomed with older kids. Alcohol is seen being consumed mostly when the character is in a state of depression or distress. This, as being similar to profanity, cannot be held back from children for too long, as it is a socially acceptable item in society (if responsible). Drugs are also seen being used in a few episodes (mainly smoking cigarettes/cigars). Lastly, sexual activity. If you aren't fimiliar with sex, beware of this show, though it is an infrequent component in this show. Confusion may be caused for unknowing kids, and may spark immaturity. No nudity or graphic content is showed, however grunting and thrusting can be seen, as well as attempts of raping and groping. After given "The Talk", these scenes are not seen as an issue. Fortunately for younger viewers, sex does not appear often and does not in any way tie into the theme and plot of this show (sexual scenes can be skipped). 13 year olds may watch this show with parents having little to worries. Keep in mind, if your child has not ever been exposed to any of the topics (VIOLENCE, PROFANITY, alcohol or drug consumption, sex), The Walking Dead may not be a good choice for their first experience. Surprisingly, this show does portray many strong, independent females, as well as positive characters who are awarded for caring and leading their group. Characters are Christian and can be seen praying often and referring to the Bible. This review was written with knowledge of all episodes and seasons, as well as consideration of multiple other reviews (kid and adult).
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing