Harper's Island

2009 TV-14 1 season

Harper's Island

2009 TV-14 1 season
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In this mystery series, a group of friends visits a secluded island off the Washington coast for a wedding -- but the fun is cut short by murder. The murderer claims more victims, leaving the dwindling survivors to figure out who's behind the plot.
Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr, Gina Holden, Katie Cassidy, Cassandra Sawtell, Brandon Jay McLaren, C.J. Thomason, Jim Beaver, Adam Campbell, Cameron Richardson, Claudette Mink, Amber Borycki, Dean Cechvala, Ali Liebert, Beverley Elliott, Chris Gauthier, David Lewis, Ben Cotton, Harry Hamlin, Richard Burgi, Victor Webster, Sarah Smyth, Julia Anderson, Anna Mae Routledge, Nicholas Carella, Sean Rogerson
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 4 discs

A group of friends visiting a secluded island for a destination wedding have their festivities cut short by murder. In each episode, the killer claims a new victim, leaving the dwindling survivors to figure out who's behind the sinister plot.
Widescreen 1.85:1
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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this gory murder mystery series -- in which one character is killed per episode until the murderer is finaly revealed -- has a lot in common with big-screen slasher flicks and is only slightly toned down for television. It's bloody and violent (victims are disemboweled and more), there's plenty of drinking and sex, and the show has a pervasive feeling of gloom. It's not meant for younger viewers, and any kids who do watch will likely be scared silly.

Sexual Content

Characters are shown having sex, presumably naked and in bed -- though no sensitive body parts are visible. There's plenty of talk about sex and some suggestive comments. Female characters are sometimes shown in their underwear for no particular reason.


Plenty of horror-film gore, muted only slightly to appear on television. For example, when a victim is being disemboweled, viewers see only his face -- but once he's clearly dead, the shot widens to show his bloody, dripping torso. There are also bar fights, some intense arguments, and lots of spooky imagery.


Nothing bleeped, but audible language includes words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "bastard."

Social Behavior

In addition to revolving around the grim themes of murder and death, the show is filled with class resentments and simmering anger. For example, a working-class guy is about to marry a rich girl, and there's plenty of talk about the role of money in their relationship.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking -- in bars, at parties, and privately. The characters drink heavily and talk about whether they're drunk. Some characters also smoke cigars and pop pills.

  • 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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