Parents' Guide to

A Discovery of Witches

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some violence, romantic complications in book-to-TV show.

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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

If you don't want your kids seeing oral sex then don't watch it

According to the reviewer the sex is rated two dots "kissing, flirting, dating, references to sex." I assume the reviewer couldn't be bothered watching until the 6th or 7th episode; the one with the oral sex. There are other brief sex scenes before that, so if your kid is squeamish about sex, then you should skip this. Otherwise, it's a fairly mediocre urban fantasy. It's nice that the characters are academics and she is brave and assertive but otherwise, it's not really worth borrowing from the library.
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age 10+

It's all right

Is It Any Good?

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Coming off as a sort of Twilight for adults -- or an Outlander that wouldn't make you blush if you watched it with your grandma -- this supernatural show has a cool premise and a slow burn. A world with otherworldly beings and doings hidden just beneath the surface of the everyday world is often a potent setting -- just ask Harry Potter, or Dorothy Gale -- and A Discovery of Witches juices things up still further by locating itself at Oxford, one of the world's oldest universities, where ancient buildings and a dusty old library add dignity to the proceedings. The chemistry between Palmer's Bishop and Goode's Clairmont is juicy, too, lining viewers up for any number of ship-worthy magical-battle-turning-into-foreplay sessions.

The seen-it nature of this drama keeps it from ascending into the TV stratosphere: Magical beings trying to deny their powers have been a staple of TV shows all the way back to Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, and this show's set of brooding vampires navel-gazing about their origins and place in the modern world seem ripped directly from any number of Anne Rice novels. Still, the leads are gorgeous, their forbidden love fun, and a looming cataclysmic paranormal brawl between mystical creatures lends some dramatic oomph. If magical tales are your thing -- particularly if you've read the series it's based on -- this show may be worth a peek.

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