The Fades

2011 NR 1 season

The Fades

2011 NR 1 season
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Teenagers and nerds extraordinaire Paul and Mac find themselves becoming the reluctant saviors of humanity when Paul suddenly starts seeing vengeful Fades -- the spirits of the deceased -- who are determined to cause the end of the world.
Iain De Caestecker, Daniel Kaluuya, Lily Loveless, Sophie Wu, Johnny Harris, Claire Rushbrook, Natalie Dormer, Tom Ellis, Robbie Gee
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 2 discs

Troubled by apocalyptic dreams and the spirits of the dead he can suddenly see, teenager Paul soon learns he must prevent the spirits -- called The Fades -- from breaking through into the human world and annihilating all of humanity.
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this UK sci-fi horror series features intense moments of supernatural imagery, including scenes of zombies eating human flesh. There's a recurring motif of "falling ashes" meant to represent the impending apocalypse. Teen characters smoke, swear ("f--k" is bleeped), and discuss sex and sexuality frequently. Adult characters occasionally engage in sex with some glimpses of underwear.

Sexual Content

Two teenage lead characters have a near-constant dialogue around sex and sexuality reflective of their adolescent points of view. Adult characters have consensual casual sex with some minor nudity and underwear shots.


The violence on the show is supernatural, but also intense and occasionally graphic (zombies eating flesh with blood dripping down their faces). Characters engage in fantastic hand-to-hand combat with otherworldly creatures who are out to kill. There is also frequent disturbing imagery associated with an apocalypse.


Frequent use of strong language, with words like "f--k" bleeped.

Social Behavior

While the show's overall message is a battle of good versus evil, characters often make iffy choices.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teenagers smoke and attempting to purchase cigarettes; occasional social drinking.

  • 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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