Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

2015 NR 1 season

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

2015 NR 1 season
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Offering a slightly altered version of 19th-century England, this seven-part drama follows the exploits of veteran illusionist Gilbert Norrell and bold young magician Jonathan Strange, whose differing ambitions give rise to a fierce rivalry.
Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel, Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, Charlotte Riley
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2015) - 2 discs

In a vividly imagined 19th-century England, magician Gilbert Norrell amazes the public by manipulating inanimate objects and even raising the dead. But he's soon challenged by the rise of a younger illusionist: the audacious Jonathan Strange.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a fantasy drama miniseries based on Susanna Clarke's novel of the same name. There are many forces at play: power, greed, and manipulation, but also love and the desire to be accepted within an established society. As such it's not a relaxing watch, but attentive viewers are rewarded with riveting plot twists and complex characters who always deliver intriguing performances. Because the story is so involved and the mood so foreboding, the show is best for teens and adults who can make some sense of the weighty morality issues the characters face, as well as implications of dark magic and its consequences.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


The show sets a dark mood that makes small surprises even more jarring. Inanimate objects come to life, a corpse is reanimated; other instances of magic. Dead bodies shown. Some blood.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Norrell struggles with the line between right and wrong as it applies to his use of magic and the manipulation of natural forces. Greed and power are strong forces that influence behavior, and even well-intentioned actions often have negative consequences. The series seems to ask whether having the power to alter natural forces entitles one to do so, even when others are affected in a negative way.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking is prominent at social gatherings, and Jonathan's propensity to drink alcohol is mentioned in passing.

  • 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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