2016 TV-14 1 season


2016 TV-14 1 season
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As she begins her exciting new job as a Capitol Hill staffer, Laurel can't help noticing some odd facts: First, the government appears to be in shambles and, second, a powerful alien bug is consuming many of the brains in Congress.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Charlie Semine, Jan Maxwell
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2016) - 4 discs

Coming from a political family, Laurel assumes she'll be ready for anything she encounters at her new Capitol Hill job. But what she didn't envision is that microscopic bugs are attacking Washington, D.C. -- and the government is near collapse.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that BrainDead is a sci-fi-infused political satire with a comic twist that blames America's out-of-control behavior on an infestation of -- wait for it -- space bugs. Some visuals are downright disgusting (from an exploding head to a mass of brain material falling out of someone's ear), and characters use words such as "damn," "ass," "crap," and "screw." There's also regular social drinking (plus a character who drinks heavily in the pilot) and implied sex, with bare skin in bedclothes but no sensitive parts shown on-screen.

Sexual Content

A married senator with a pregnant wife is having an affair with his female aide. Sex is implied with bare skin, but no sensitive parts are shown.


Unsettling visuals include bugs crawling into people's ears, chunks of brains falling out of someone's head, and a person's skull exploding; some blood.


Characters use words such as "damn," "ass," "crap," and "screw."

Social Behavior

Though the tone is satirical, the drama often outweighs the comedy, and the show's outlook is largely pessimistic. Major themes includes corruption, betrayal, and government conspiracy.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking. A secondary character begins the show with a serious alcohol dependency, drinking directly from bottles of liquor stashed in his office, and so on.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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