Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Young Wallander

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Some violence in topical update of popular detective series.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
Young Wallander Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

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

Over the past decade, edgy reboots of stodgy, old detective characters like this one have become a cliche, and often a punchline. James Bond, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes (multiple times), and, most recently, Perry Mason, have all reappeared as younger versions of themselves designed to appeal to younger viewers, with varying degrees of success. Young Wallander follows this trend with a character popular in Europe but relatively unknown in the States, and it doesn't do much to set itself apart from the endless barrage of streaming crime shows. The update of the character is essentially limited to the topical immigration subplot and filming of everything in either shadow or neon light (a Nicolas Winding Refn knockoff, basically). In other words, very little is done to define who the character is and why he is unique, almost as if the showrunners expect the Wallander name to do most of the work, even though few will recognize it.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate