The Witcher

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violent medieval monster mayhem is mature fun, has nudity.

Netflix Drama 2019

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 18+

Brainwashing a generation

Ever since game of thrones seemed to glorify sodomy, incest, violence, and nudity, I feel like evil is no longer seen as evil on TV. Netflix has gone to a whole other level of shock-value with horrific violence and vouyerism in this show. Even the "hero" is a womanizer that makes James Bonds' sleeping around look like child's play. This show is not for young people, or honestly for anyone who values any sort of nobility, honor, purity, or excellence. Those values don't exist in these "mature" shows. And this trash is effecting society, whether we will admit it or not. Parents, it's up to us to protect our kids. So let's do it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 16+

Fantasy With A Decent Moral Message

I like the way that power is explored in the Witcher. Every person Geralt meets has an angle, a story to tell him to try to get what they want and achieve their own goals. At its heart The Witcher is a story about moral choices and the butterfly effect our choices have on our relationships and the world at large. Geralt is a decent moral protagonist. He seeks to reduce harm in the world. He does not kill intelligent creatures unless he can help it. He consistently makes efforts to figure out what is going on in any given situation. He cares about the effect of his choices. He is contrasted with Jennifer, who does not care about the consequences of her choices and is focused on herself and her own power. Jennifer's character arc from selfish and arrogant into what she is becoming is satisfying. The show addresses relevant topics like racism and colonialism. The Elves are minorities in lands they used to live before the Conjunction. All the while you see humans in the world all have different takes. Some believe stories about the elves giving up their land willingly. Some have bigoted beliefs about elves being evil, brutish or un-trustworthy There is a decent amount of violence and sex. The battle scenes are bloody but no one death is lingered on. It seems brutal but realistic. Geralts swordplay is fun to watch. On the trigger warning side, people commit suicide during a city being sacked by an army. This is graphic and is depicted person by person (a total of five or so?). In the first episode when we meet Jennifer, it is implied the physical assault she was experiencing was going to turn into sexual assault, but she magics away. IF you are a person/ family who believes depictions of sex and nudity are for adults only or no one ever, this show is not for you. A wizard "decorates" his tower with an illusion of naked men and women in a 'Garden of Eden' vibe. Geralt is delicted naked, in bed with a prostitute. Geralt and Jennifer have sex on screen. I am on Episode 4 of Season 2 and there has been no on screen sexual assault other than mentioned above. There is an orgy scene, the participants are under a spell. Given the predicament Geralt and Jaskier are in when they encounter the orgy, it gives the scene a comedic undertone. Including the orgy, sex is only depicted on screen like 3x or 4x times. I'm mostly screening for assault and how graphic the depiction is. All in all, much better than Game of Thrones, both in its moral treatment of violence and character development.

This title has:

Great role models
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