A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic diversity, and women and people of color have strong, nuanced roles.
Positive Role Models
Characters range from heroic to complicated; their motivations and actions aren't always laudable but are recognizably human.
Violence & Scariness
Scary digital footage of a comet speeding toward earth; a woman wields a letter opener threateningly. A woman hits another over the head and knocks her unconscious. A woman has a swastika tattooed on her forehead. Prisoners are shot from a tower and fall; no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women in a prison shout suggestive things to a new prisoner (no cursing).
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A woman calls a group of Latinas "donkey bangers." Cursing: "hell" ("Who the hell are you?"), "damn." Vulgar language: "a turd in the swimming pool." A son calls his father a "douche."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A priest smokes cigarettes on-screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You, Me and the Apocalypse is a sci-fi comedy about the end of the world and a ragtag group of survivors. The mood is light and satirical, but the premise may scare young kids, as will CGI imagery of a giant comet hurtling toward Earth and ensuing riots with fires, desperate people running back and forth, sirens, burned-out buildings, and descriptions of environmental destruction. Some action takes place in a prison; woman are shot from a tower and fall dead (with no blood), and one woman knocks another unconscious. Expect racial slurs -- a white-supremacist character calls a group of Latinas "donkey bangers" -- and some cursing (infrequent "hell" and "damn") and vulgar language: "dicks," "douche bag," "turd." A priest smokes cigarettes on-screen. The apocalypse has a religious aspect to it; this may alarm young pious viewers in particular.
Is It Any Good?
Sharp writing and deft comic turns from actors beloved in Britain and the U.S. (this show is a joint production between the two countries) makes the end of the world look like a lot of fun in this madcap comedy. The setting is a bit cliché, as is the idea of beginning with a group of characters in dire straits and then pulling back to show how they got that way. But the situations, characters, plot twists, and jokes are as fresh as they come, which livens up the proceedings considerably. It turns out that though we've all seen dramas and comedies about the end of humanity, this one's welcome. The setup is intriguing, with difficult-to-encapsulate plot points that revolve around government secrets, computer espionage, religious prophecy, shadowy conspiracies, and a hidden bunker where a tiny group of people might survive to repopulate the earth.
But all that plot would be nothing without engaging characters doing interesting things inside that world, and Apocalypse has many of those: Scodellaro as the patient and earnest Sister Celine and Mullally as a go-for-broke schemer are standouts, but there are plenty of other characters to like here, since the show builds a rich and well-populated universe. A fine comedy, and mild enough for families if kids aren't too small to be scared by the premise.
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