2009 TV-14 1 season


2009 TV-14 1 season
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When a mysterious event causes nearly everyone to experience a simultaneous 137-second blackout and premonitions about their lives six months into the future, it's up to a team of FBI agents to find out if it will happen again and why.
Courtney B. Vance, Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Brian F. O'Byrne, Sonya Walger, Christine Woods, Dominic Monaghan
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 5 discs

This intriguing dramatic sci-fi series centers on a mysterious incident that causes all of mankind to black out for two minutes and 17 seconds, during which time the victims see premonitions about their future lives. Inspired by the award-winning novel of the same name by author Robert J. Sawyer, the series boasts a top-notch ensemble cast that includes Joseph Fiennes, Courtney B. Vance, John Cho and Sonya Walger.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that in this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, everybody on on the planet is inexplicably given a brief glimpse of their future ... and they're not all thrilled with what they see. Since the universal "blackout" causes many disasters, expect to see plenty of intense/violent scenes, ranging from car crashes to gunfights -- though there are few explicitly gory images. Violence also plays a role in the aftermath of the incident, as investigators look for an explanation and stumble across danger. There's also some social drinking, and one character is struggling with alcoholism. Couples are shown fooling around, and though there's no outright nudity, some of the scenes are rather suggestive.

Sexual Content

Partially undressed couples (both teens and adults) are shown fooling around and/or in bed after sex. No on-screen nudity, though women are shown wearing bras or nightgowns. One flash forward includes extramarital affair. Flirting and kissing between both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Joking references to topics like "three ways." Use of words like "slut" and "masturbating."


Some intense sequences show suicides, car accidents, planes crashing, and other disasters. Other scenes depict police-style assaults/confrontations involving high-powered automatic weapons and other firearms. Characters are shot; some injuries are shown, in moderate detail.


Moderate swearing, including "damn," "ass," "hell," "crap," "douche," and "frigging."

Social Behavior

The characters on this series all get a glimpse of their own future, and not everyone likes what they see. The premise might prompt viewers to be more willing to accept their lives now, rather than daydream about what might be -- or what might not come to pass. That said, there's plenty of conflict and iffy behavior here, so the overall take-away isn't focused on obviously positive messages.


Some popular musicians are mentioned by name.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults are shown drinking wine. One of the main characters is a recovering alcoholic who is sometimes shown drinking heavily, alone. He attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, where he discusses addiction. References to drug use/sales.

  • 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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