Devil in Ohio parents guide: Is the thriller series okay for kids?

Devil in Ohio is one part suspense thriller and one part family drama as Ohio psychiatrist Suzanne Mathis invites a patient into her home after she escapes from a cult. Based on the novel by Daria Polatin, this ominous television mystery will keep viewers hooked as they try to understand whether or not cult escapee Mae is good or a force for evil.

Emily Deschanel of Bones fame stars as Suzanne, while Madeleine Arthur (who will next appear in Netflix’s Blockbuster) plays Mae. The Birch actress Xaria Dotson plays one of Suzanne’s other daughters, Jules, who forms a bond with Mae. Sam Jaeger, Alisha Newton, Gerardo Celasco, and Naomi Tan also star.

Given the subject matter, it’s understandable that parents might be hesitant to watch Devil in Ohio with younger viewers.

Devil in Ohio parents guide and age rating

Devil in Ohio is rated TV-MA for violence, child abuse, and self-harm. Since the show’s main plot focuses on a teenage girl used and tormented by a satanic cult, you can probably guess why the series received a TV-MA rating for things like violence and child abuse.

However, compared to other series in the genre, Devil in Ohio isn’t overly explicit or gratuitous with violence and bloodshed. Parents should use discretion if considering allowing teens under 17 to watch, but the series feels more like teen horror than anything overly graphic and adult.

Keep in mind that Devil in Ohio is a suspense thriller series. It’s not a “horror” show. The content is no worse than what you might find in other television mysteries or crime dramas. But the mature themes of a cult, satanic worship, and child abuse might be too much for young viewers.

Depending on what they’re used to, older teens might be okay to watch, but Devil in Ohio probably isn’t suitable for pre-teens or anyone younger than that.

Devil in Ohio releases this Friday, Sept. 2, on Netflix.