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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Patterson's tense doomsday thriller is campy but curious.

TV CBS 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 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

More than innuendo

I was enjoying watching this series, but common sense has failed with saying there is no sex. There is multiple kissing scenes, one very passionate one, after which the rest of the episode it’s mentioned multiple times that the characters “mated,” and there are comments about sexual noises coming from the bedroom of said character. There is a shower scene that was way too uncomfortably long with a female character, even if it doesn’t explicitly show nudity. There is enough innuendo, characters dating and “hooking up,” kissing scenes, and sexual undertones that it should be mentioned. Stopped watching on episode 9 of season 2, there was a sex scene with nudity. Brief or not, know that there is much more than “mention of previous relationships.”

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+

Good show

There was a scene i noticed a guy came to a girls apartment she was wearing only a towel and the two madeout for a moment but they didnt go any further. I had to skip this part so my brother didnt see it

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (9 ):

ZOO is a tense apocalyptic thriller that skips more common plot devices, such as natural disaster or nuclear war, in favor of an extinction method that doesn't get a lot of play on-screen: mass animal retaliation. The potential is there, since animals in one form or another exist everywhere (who knew house cats could be so vindictive?), and a carefully coordinated plot on their part to exact revenge on our species certainly would catch the human population unaware. If you can overlook the preposterous science, the implications of such an event do make for some decent drama.

Patterson fans' curiosity about this book-inspired series likely will bring many to Zoo, but reactions may be mixed. Though the premise makes for good TV, stories never watch exactly the same as they read. To their credit, the show's cast members do a great job maintaining the tension as events unfold, but they can't entirely compensate for the somewhat implausible theory that sets this series in motion. If extinction drama is your thing, then Zoo is one to add to your viewing history. If not, you may find the whole thing a bit campy for your liking.

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