Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Returned is a creepy drama about dead people who mysteriously return to life. It's more akin to a ghost story than a zombie drama, however: No flesh-eating revenants lusting for brains, but still, very young viewers are likely to be at the very least unsettled and possibly traumatized by this show. Disturbing scenes include a suicide, a school bus full of students driving suddenly off a cliff, a stabbing, and so on. Blood and gore are light, but with the goings on that examine characters' grief and confusion, even gore-free scenes are likely to affect sensitive viewers. Many scenes take place in bars; characters smoke cigarettes and curse ("hell," "a--hole"). There are frequent sex scenes, including those between teens, with moaning and thrusting but no nudity; female characters are shown in underwear.
Fairly graphic sex scenes including teens groping for a condom and then thrusting/moaning and a woman and man in bed in their underwear.
Light on gore and blood, but there are intense and scary scenes: a school bus full of teens driving off a cliff and a man jumping off a bridge into a waterfall. A character we've grown to know is stabbed on-screen.
Unbleeped cursing: "You're welcome, a--hole!" and "What the hell?"
Emotions and motivations are complicated in this mysterious show.
Series is based on a French drama; viewers may want to watch it after watching this.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Many scenes take place in a bar with 20-somethings doing shots; a character smokes cigarettes.