A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
War of the Worlds is more disaster drama than sci-fi show. As such, recurring themes involve working together and taking care of one another through terrible situations.
Positive Role Models
Fairly diverse cast, especially for a show set in the United Kingdom and France. However, it does fall into some ethnic stereotype casting traps; specifically, characters played by persons of color tend to be either military officers or criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is restrained but consistent. The series' catalyst event is not shown but involves deaths on a massive scale, and characters are seen wandering through the aftermath. Gun violence is frequent, including use of semiautomatic weapons.
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Contains only mild profanity, like "damn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In aftermath of catastrophic event, characters are often seen gathering alcohol as part of their survival supplies. No drug use or smoking is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that War of the Worlds is a dramatic series loosely based on H.G. Wells' classic late 19th century novel War of the Worlds, in which aliens attack Earth for unknown reasons. The show has sci-fi elements but really belongs in the category of disaster-based dramas like Lost or The Walking Dead, where a catastrophic event has taken place and the action focuses on the survivors. The show contains only mild profanity, little to no sexual content, and some characters drinking alcohol. Violence is restrained but constant. Aside from the central catastrophic event (in which aliens kill a significant portion of the population), gun violence is often present, including the frequent use of automatic weapons.
Is It Any Good?
This show feels like it's trying to stretch a film's worth of material over eight hour-long episodes, but without the character or plot development that would make it worthwhile to the average viewer. There's a reason most people are more familiar with the story around Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds than with the novel itself: There's not really much to it. H.G. Wells intended his serialized novel to be a simple anti-colonialist parable. But this episodic War of the Worlds doesn't seem interested in the sociopolitical aspects of the story.
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