The Colony

2009 TV-14 1 season

The Colony

2009 TV-14 1 season
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This reality TV series explores what life might be like after an apocalypse by planting 10 volunteers with diverse skills in a devastated landscape and asking them to rebuild civilization from scratch.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

Set in an artificially created postapocalyptic world, this cable reality series follows a group of 10 "survivors" with diverse backgrounds and abilities as they try to adapt and reconstruct a civilization of sorts.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
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 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which 10 participants volunteer to rebuild society in a faux post-apocalyptic situation -- gets quite intense. The characters take their task seriously and respond to threats realistically; primal instincts vie with social obligations every step of the way. There's some bleeped swearing and blurred non-sexual nudity, but no drinking or hooking up; the people are working too hard just to survive.

Sexual Content

In this post-apocalyptic survival situation, people have little time, energy, or opportunity to think about romance. Some participants are shown bathing in the nude, with parts of their bodies blurred.


Little actual violence, but the threat of conflict looms large. The producers send faux marauders to threaten the participants, who respond by grabbing pipes, sticks, and other makeshift weapons. They clearly feel threatened and seem ready to respond with violence.


Some words are bleeped.

Social Behavior

The show makes the point that in a survival situation, working together is the best -- and perhaps the only -- way to survive. But some participants take on an every-man-for-themselves mentality in the absence of law and order, and bandits and marauders won't think twice about stealing precious resources and supplies.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

No drinking or smoking, but some people talk about how much they miss having a drink and how much they want a cigarette.

  • 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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