TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Buffy spin-off fights new demons in L.A.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Angel is a bad vampire turned good who now devotes himself to battling evil beings.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Built around a character seeking redemption for his past heinous misdeeds, Angel is a surprisingly moral show, with its main character a vampire who's trying to do good and fight against his evil impulses, a concept that may resonate with teens. Characters show growth over the life of the show, and learn from their actions.


Supernatural meddling results in invisible punches and the like. The vampires' enemies are menacing, scary-looking creatures.


Characters date, but there's no implied nudity or too much beyond kissing. The vampire myth is traditionally a very sexualized one.


Mild: "Damn," "hell," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while even grade-schoolers may enjoy the horror-movie aspects of this series (a spin-off of the hugely popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer), its mature themes make it a better fit for teens. Monsters and other creepy-looking baddies make frequent appearances on the show, and some storylines are adult enough that parents may want to preview before letting older tweens and young teens watch.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written byPopcornSnowday December 19, 2020
Adult Written byBothnianReviews February 4, 2019

I don't care for Buffy but i do for Angel.

A Dark tale of cursed vampire who tries to help humans, the show contains a lot of episodes and so forth it contains a lot of different things, it is very viole... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 12, 2017


I think that Angel is a pretty good show in general, but season four is not that great, otherwise though, it's a masterpeice.
It has darker themes than Buf... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBuffy Rules March 12, 2016

Review #18 - Buffy Seasons 1-3 must be watched before this. Great show.

RATING: TV-14 (some TV-PG) | NETWORK: The WB (now on TNT) | STUDIO: Mutant Enemy (no variants) / David Greenwalt Productions / Sandollar/Kuzui Productions / 20t... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ANGEL, a spin-off of cult phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the titular vampire (Buffy's ex) takes on Los Angeles' dark forces -- including other vampires, demons, and even lawyers. David Boreanaz plays Angel -- who, as Angelus, was one of the world's most evil vampires. Having seen the error of his ways, he founds Angel Investigations, whose two-part mission is to protect those who can't defend themselves and to help lost souls find their way. Working alongside him are Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), a former classmate of Buffy's who's moved to L.A. in search of fame and fortune; Allen Francis Doyle (Glenn Quinn), Angel's trusted friend; and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof), a self-described "rogue hunter."

Is it any good?

Angel has all the ingredients for a successful TV drama: attractive Gen-X characters, interesting storylines, and enough (mostly) innocent romance to keep both teen viewers -- and their parents -- happy. Still, the show's themes of redemption, its noir undertones, and the callous acts that some of the unprotected fall victim to makes the show best suited for teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mythological creatures -- like vampires. What are their traits? What's their role in folklore? Why is pop culture so fascinated by vampires, from books to movies and TV shows? What does this series have in common with its "parent," Buffy? What sets it apart? Why do you think it never got as popular as Buffy did?

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