The Hour

2011 TV-14 1 season

The Hour

2011 TV-14 1 season
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This six-part political thriller focuses on the launch of a new BBC news program in June 1956, as the Suez Crisis is unfolding in the Middle East. The story follows the efforts of the show's staff to reveal the tangled politics of the era.
Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Josh McGuire, Lisa Greenwood, Anna Chancellor, Oona Chaplin
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 2 discs

As a new investigative television program launches in 1950s London, the up-and-coming news team's competitive ambitions and passions lead to rivalries and a love triangle while they cover an unexplained murder in this British mini-series.
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 this British drama presents the social realities of the 1950s -- including sexism, frequent cocktail-swilling, and smoking cigarettes -- in a slickly styled environment that subtly glamorizes all of the behavior. Expect some violent acts (including a murder and a bloodless suicide), mild sexual tension, and infrequent low-level swearing like "hell" and "damn."

Sexual Content

Mild sexual tension between some characters, but it isn't the show's focus.


Some violent acts that could be disturbing (though blood is minimal); for example, a man's throat is slit, and a woman hangs herself in the shower.


Infrequent use of words like "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

Its messages are subtle, but the show reinforces the ideals of truth, hard work, and journalistic integrity. That said, there's also a sense that the world is littered with dangerous secrets.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes (accurate for the era) are regular parts of socializing.

  • 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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