The Pillars of the Earth

2010 TV-MA 3 discs

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The Pillars of the Earth

2010 TV-MA 3 discs
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Political conflict, grand passions and epic ambition fuel this Golden Globe-nominated miniseries that centers on the struggles of a pious prior and a master builder devoted to the construction of a cathedral in 12th-century England.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Pillars of the Earth is a historical miniseries filled with graphic violence, including rape, murder, and torture. The series also features an incestuous sexual relationship, some sex, and partial nudity, as well as a generally dark and dreary tone.

Sexual Content

Sex with partial nudity. An incestuous relationship between a mother and son. Close up views of venereal disease.


Nearly every kind of violent action possible before the invention of firearms, from self-flagellation and bloodletting by a priest to murder. Also: poisoning, intention to commit infanticide, burning at the stake, rape, throat cuttings, executions used as entertainment, arson, murderous plottings, violent thievery, torture, and copious amounts of splattering blood, sword fighting, and hand-to-hand combat.


References to hell and God damning people -- all in a religious/historical context, as well as "bastard" children.

Social Behavior

Even though the bad guys ultimately get what's coming to them, the ruined lives, broken families, and large body count left in their wake doesn't leave a positive impression. Granted, the message may be realistic for the events and time period portrayed, but it's also disheartening and dreary. Plotting between various characters and factions, as well as instances of backstabbing and betrayal create a negative overall tone.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many mugs of mead are consumed in courtyard market scenes.

  • 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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