Parents' Guide to

Wolf Hall

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violence, complex intrigue in quality historical drama.

TV PBS Drama 2015
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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 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Did you catch that in episode 3?

I thought it was mostly good, but just a heads up for parents thinking to watch this with their children or letting there kids watch it, there was a part in episode three when a women was at a window for a very brief moment, and she looked as if she was completely topless. It was very quick so it’s hard to tell, but it looked that way to me. Was taken back a bit cause while reading through different reviews before watching this I didn’t see anyone mention it.
age 18+


Good show but husband and I were both surprised at a scene (just about one second long) that had a nude woman in a window. Sneaky sneaky, just wanted other moms to be aware.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

Beautifully written and acted, Wolf Hall has the sheen of a classic PBS production from the word go. With magnificently decorated and gilded settings and dramatic political turns in every episode, what we have here is House of Cards transported into the world of The Tudors (but with a lot less sex). Whereas the latter drama was concerned with Henry's romantic intrigues, Wolf Hall keeps things above the belt, focusing on the politics and personalities of the court. The only drawback is that viewers with no background in English history will be swiftly confused. Who's he? Why did he say that? Why is Cromwell mad at him? Events are not underlined or explained; keep the Wikipedia entry on Thomas Cromwell open as you watch.

The drama's choice to follow a nonlinear time line is particularly confusing. In one episode, we may see Cromwell as a young boy, in the court of the king late in his career, and midway in his rise. It definitely adds to the drama -- in real life, years went by between political imbroglios -- but doesn't make figuring out who's who and what's what any easier. All that said, this immersive drama is so beautiful and sumptuous in its details it's hard to look away, even if you may be slightly bewildered.

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