Under the Dome

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi drama explores the dark side of humans in captivity.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some storylines emphasize the need to work together in times of uncertainty, but the overall takeaway suggests that negative forces are at work.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some characters are virtuous, and some are obvious villains. But there are also those who toe the line between "good" and "bad."


Gory scenes involve severed limbs, murder, and vertically bisected (and bloody) cows. There are also sudden crashes and explosions.


Partial nudity shown from behind (bare backs, legs) and simulated sex without sensitive parts visible. Some characters appear in lingerie.


Gateway words like "hell," "damn," and "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Part of the plot involves a large-scale methamphetamine operation. Some characters use and abuse meth.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Under the Dome centers on a catastrophic event that wreaks havoc and destruction on a small town, yielding some bloody scenes that involve severed limbs, bisected animals, and murder. There are also flashes of suggestive sexual content with partial nudity and simulated intercourse, along with gateway terms like "ass," "hell," and "damn."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygushlawnews March 27, 2021

poorly written, or directed maybe both.

I wasted my time on this show, I forced my way through the 1st season.
the 2nd season may have gotten a little better but cant remember, it wasnt that memorabl... Continue reading
Adult Written byAllayAvro July 12, 2015

A total butchery

Read the book and you will know that this show is a total insanity! I do not understand why Stephen King would allow this mockery of his work to happen?
Teen, 13 years old Written byTHE_TUNA April 27, 2020

Must be 15 or older

It is a really good movie under the dome, but it contains a lot of violence, especially in the death of Angie. I think it must be 15 years and over under the do...
Kid, 11 years old February 6, 2017

My first real TV series

Last summer I watched it on Netflix. After I readed the book (which was actually great, but I would rate it 16+ for rape scene, very violent deaths and sex refe... Continue reading

What's the story?

The small town of Chester's Mill is turned upside-down when an invisible -- and impenetrable -- barrier inexplicably surrounds the town, trapping most of the residents inside and UNDER THE DOME with no way out. But it doesn't take long for chaos to erupt, making way for the rise of new leadership with uncertain aims.

Is it any good?

This highly anticipated television adaptation miniseries of Stephen King's novel of the same name gets points for an intriguing premise and eye-popping visuals that make you want to keep watching -- if for no other reason than to figure out what in the world could flatten the front of a speeding delivery truck and cut a cow in half so cleanly. That said, the special effects aren't always convincing enough to completely immerse you in King's carefully drawn world, resulting in an end product that feels less compelling than it could be.

Although Chester's Mill is largely peopled with adults, Under the Dome will likely appeal to older teens, too. And for the most part, the source material's crudest content (mainly language, as in sexually charged terms like "slit snacking," and disturbing scenes involving gang rape and suggestions of necrophilia) has been heavily sanitized for TV audiences, making it an OK but still-edgy choice for older teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Under the Dome's sci-fi-heavy plot and which parts are actually plausible. In terms of violence, who proves to be the bigger threat to the people of Chester Mill: extraterrestrials or human beings?

  • How closely does Under the Dome adhere to the Stephen King book it's based on? If you've read it, discuss the similarities and differences. If you haven't, try doing some research to see what changes might have been made.

  • Who are the series' most positive role models? Can a character have flaws and still be heroic? How do earth-shattering events in real life that are on par with the appearance of "the Dome" create opportunities for ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts of heroism?

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