Parents' Guide to

Years and Years

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British family drama speculates bleakly on the future.

TV HBO Drama 2019
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Scarily realistic

I found Years and Years to be a great show that makes us think about how what we do today may affect us in the future. It is sci-fi, but realistic. The technology embraced by characters in the show sometimes seems very futuristic, but it isn't unrealistic. At times while watching I thought our future as depicted in the show seems bleak, and the scary part of that is that the events that unfold in the show aren't at all unlikely to happen in real life. This isn't a show meant for children. However, older teens will find it engaging. Things to be aware of include affairs and sex scenes. Overall, a well thought out, realistic look into our sometimes exciting, often depressing future - that is if we stay on the path we are on.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

More than any other show in recent memory, this series is wildly ambitious with its content: in fact, it attempts to confront just about every meaningful contemporary cultural and political issue within the confines of its six-episode run. What's even wilder is that it mostly succeeds in maintaining a unique and intriguing point-of-view while tying its sprawling, ambitious subject matter to gentle, human family conflict. One drawback: since it's a heavily idea-driven show, there's not really a single relatable character to experience the turbulent future through. In this way, Years and Years can sometimes feel more like an interesting experiment more than a compelling drama, but it would be tough to find a show with more to say about the present and the future.

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