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  • Season 1: Occasional use of foul language, including hell, dammit, bastard, the S-word, the B-word, d-bag and a--hole. The word "screw" is used several times in the place of the F-word. No F-words are used. Some minors insult each other using racist or sexist language such as "pussy" or describing an African American boy as "midnight".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Season 1: There are some high school teens drinking alcohol recklessly at a party while their parents aren't home and some characters frequently smoke.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Season 1 centers on a boy who has been kidnapped by a mysterious creature and includes many scenes of high-tension, scary scene involved a nightmare-like landscape called the "upside down" and there are occasional jump-scares. The creatures can be frightening to younger audiences.
  • Suggested Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence including bloody and scary images, thematic material, bullying, language, some sexual content, smoking and teen drinking.


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Sex & Nudity

  • Season 1: Overall, there isn't any nudity in the series. Only occasional references to sex, with teenagers making out, but no onscreen depictions of having sex. The Sheriff makes infrequent jokes about sleeping with other people's wives and mothers. It is implied that he has had past sexual relationships with several different women. A main character is shamed for having cheated on her boyfriend even though she really has not.

Violence & Gore

  • There are many disturbing and violent scenes involving an alien monster. However, while these scenes are frightening, they are typically handled in a PG-13 manner. There are scenes involving copious amounts of blood splatter after people have been killed in an attack, but not the attack itself is not shown. Government agents menace the main characters and at one point kill an innocent man by shooting him in the head and faking his suicide. The shooting itself is not shown, but the aftermath is shown and is somewhat graphic.
  • The story frequently puts children in peril from the alien monster and government agents. On several occasions, viewers are led to believe that children have been killed off screen. In one instance, a main character turns out to be still alive. However, one young character dies after a monster attack. She is dragged away and shown later to have been used as a food source by the parasitic monster. The alien monster is shown graphically eating a deer it has killed at one point.
  • In the final act, the monster is attacked with all manner of weapons. It is clubbed repeatedly with a bat with nails, caught in a bear trap, shot repeatedly with various weapons, and set on fire. It is eventually destroyed by the sacrificial act of a main character, which causes them both to vaporize in a cloud of black matter.

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