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Dark superhero tale raises discussion points for teens.

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Parent Written byLiana B October 21, 2013

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Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl December 4, 2012

Oh My Gosh, ARROW Is SO GOOD!

I was not looking forward for this show AT ALL when I saw the promos. It looked like a lame ripoff of Batman, and i still have to admit that the "Billionaire Turned Vigilante" routine is getting old. But still, Arrow is worth it!! It's action-packed, with great characters, good plots, and even has some romance. It's a really interesting show, with mystery and intrigue, and I think tweens and teenagers and adults will love it. It's a superhero show, so of course there's going to be violence, and then as far as smexy stuff goes, it's mild: passionate kisses and characters waking up together is as far as it goes. It's a great thriller for everyone.The boys will be interested in this show because of the action, and the girls, I mean, c'mon. Have you seen Stephen Amell? He's gorgeous. Yeah, this show is a total win-win. I can't wait to see where it goes.
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Parent of a 11 year old Written byRedSnakeGaming October 7, 2014

Good Superhero Show Great for Kids

I think that this is a very good television series for any kid really. It hardly has any nudity but there is some violence but nothing too graphic. Overall this is a good superhero television series
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Parent Written byBeckyDee April 12, 2015

Lots of action, few *if any* consequenses

Warning: Read if you want details to help make decision about whether child should watch, don't read if you don't want spoilers. Ok, I'm three seasons into this show and have watched it evolve from Season 1 where Arrow is a full-on vigilante and kills most all who have "failed this City!" to where he comes back in Season 2 and decides he's not a murderer and wants justice more than sheer blood lust. That's a good thing. The not-so-good thing is that the show ups the violence in Seasons 2 and 3 by introducing villains who have no problem slaughtering people (now sometimes innocents who are collateral damage as they got in the way of the not-so-innocent targets) and hanging them upside down in warehouses to let the blood drain out of them. All shown, not implied. As the show progresses, so does the violence, a mother is gouged with a sword straight through center mass *in front of her children* and dies, eyes boggled wide open, as she falls to the ground next to them (they're all tied up). Another female character who is a vigilante gets brutally slain unexpectedly and falls off of a building onto a dumpster which breaks her back when she lands on the ground *directly at the feet of her sister*. Again, all shown in graphic detail, repeatedly if you count the "previously on Arrow" segments at the beginning of each show. So, that's the violence part. Then there is the romantic issue...it's not that they show sex so much as the way relationships start, stop, and start up again, then stop, and start (you get the point). The females on this show are strong physically, but when it comes to men, they pretty much will put up with anything and take anyone back...there are no consequences to cheating, lying, etc. It's not the end of the world if you let your teenager watch with you, but be prepared to explain some pretty irrational romantic behaviors and to endure some bone-crunching blood-letting that is shown in more graphic detail as the show progresses. If you have a tween, the Flash *might* be a better option. I say *might* because we're only on Season 1 of that show, and who knows, since it's an Arrow spin-off, it may go the same direction with violence as it progresses. Hopefully it won't. An important P.S.) I wish there was a click-on option on CSM under "What should other families know" that highlights body issues being a problem on a show... example, one of the main female characters loses a dramatic amount of weight in between Seasons 1 and 2 and has had significant plastic surgery that caused her to look very different... so much so that my teen asked me, "Is that the same actress?" as she looked so tiny and changed. It was sad to see such a beautiful person change herself so much, presumably because of pressure from producers that we've read/heard about for actors to be thinner. (Making an assumption here, so forgive me for doing so.) On the positive side, she regains some weight in season 3 and looks a lot healthier. There are more examples I could list, but that's the one that was the most startling. So, heads-up to parents of tweens and teenagers, there are some stereotypical Hollywood/fashion industry body-type issues in this show, unfortunately.
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Parent Written bytmrobinson January 3, 2015

Indoctrination Aspects

The acting and special effects are top grade and well thought out. The characters are not stagnant: the develop and even flip flop on perspectives. What is also well thought out is the indoctrination. Language: it seems like a profane word or phrase is selected to be repeated for a single episode - this pattern is repeated in many episodes. Like many shows, with the exception of a brief underwear bed scene in the pilot (that is flashed back on occasion in subsequent episodes) the writers waited until about 3/4 through the first season before introducing a sex scene (not the actual act itself, but all initial trappings). On the following season, you are hit with a sex scene up front in episode one (this timing is common to some books that like to weave a story in a series and then plug some porn into the story line). Fornication is not even questioned. Shacking up instead of manning up and marrying is taken for granted across much of the series. Yes, there is violence, but moral desensitization to a lack of integrity seems to be the subliminal message that runs through the series. "Family" is played up in a positive sense, only to discover that the most prominent family heads in the series are anything but sexually faithful. The one exception to this is Walter Steele; he is depicted as a man of integrity (he does divorce his wife who covered up his kidnapping and her previous husband's murder). Again, the effects and such are top notch, but should we overlook the immorality that is purposefully grafted into the story line merely because we like to be entertained? Detective Lance sums up the pro-vigilantism of the series by asking, "What good are our laws if they do not protect human lives?" If you think that law enforcement bears not the sword in vain, but should be a terror to evil doers, you might like the concept of the Arrow: when he appears, the body count of bad guys biting the dust skyrockets.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byDeathstroke July 9, 2015

Arrow

I really like the show Arrow and think it is really thrilling though I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 12.I do find it incredibly gory. There are many scenes of bleeding from the eyes and a mother is stabbed to death in front of her children, etc. I really like the show and have a lot of fun watching but if you or your child is sensitive, even a small amount, I would be very cautious when trying this show. It does not use excessive profane language, just a couple of words here and there. There are no sex scenes though it blatantly implies that characters are about to or just had sex (i.e. people waking up in the same bed). There is a lot of drinking and a lot of character flaws having to do with drugs and alcohol. All in all, I love this show, but when i first tried it, I was almost thirteen, and it was too stressful for me. I'm a sensitive kid, but I think everyone should just take it slow. Hope you guys like this. Thanks.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 October 21, 2012

Arrow hits a home run

very good series my kind of show to watch this fall
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Teen, 15 years old Written byyellowblossomflower January 8, 2014

Great!

I think this is a great show! It's full of action, suspense, humour, and a little bit of romance! I first found this when I was done watching a show called Torchwood, heard that Arrow had John Barrowman in it, and I instantly hooked up. I don't recommend this to kids under 13, though, because there is A LOT of violence in it, especially in the first season. The second season doesn't have as much, as the main character. Oliver Queen, decides that violence isn't the best answer. There isn't much sexual references bedsides some heavy kissing, but other than that, it's completely awesome! I would highly recommend this show if you love adventure, action packed shows!
Parent Written byPakistanPEGI December 20, 2014

16 and up

Despite the truth it is a DC comic hero's show but contains some material which is only for older teens and adults. Real Violence Bad Language(hell,damn,crap,bitch,bastard) Sexual Themes Drug abusing and drinking
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Teen, 15 years old Written byN1nja June 8, 2014

Amazing show, lacking some values

I absolutely love this show, and admittedly have watched it with my 13yr old brother. I think that it is really fun to watch, but, I also realize that it lacks a lot of values and role models. Felicity Smoke and Diggle are the only two that can really be said to have normal moral lives. Oliver Queen(Arrow) develops affairs with basically every woman he meets and after escaping the island has only one idea of how to get justice. The show has many characters with drinking and or drug problems, fortunately though, these characters are often punished and these actions are never shown in a positive light. In season one, Oliver kills, kills, and kills again thinking he is doing the city well. Whereas his motives are not negative, perhaps there are other ways to go about justice. In real life, one should not go outside of the law like Arrow does; however, in context to the show, lots of these criminals are unseen or unbeatable by law enforcers, making that a lesser of the negative features in the show. By the second season, Oliver begins to realize his murdering rampage was wrong and develops a batmanesc moral code keeping him from murdering the people he hunts. The entire show follows Oliver's journey on the island which has positive and negative messages. Throughout this journey Oliver starts to become a man, rather than the childish rich kid he was before, he learns to commit himself and to survive. Unfortunately, Oliver also has many violent encounters and has to also learn negative traits: he develops the ability to kill a man without thinking twice, and he learns when to leave a man behind. Along with his character growth, much of the island shows gruesome scenes of torture and violence. Overall, this show is fantastic, but lacks some values that may be desired in families. I would say that this show is for "mature" children 13/14+ that understand that lots of the things in this are wrong, I would not show this program to any child that may decide these actions are acceptable. Also, I would say that children under 15 should probably clear their minds(play something mindless, watch something stupid, read, ect) before sleeping after watching some episodes of this show. I also think that the negative messages in this show could invoke family discussions.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byLizzybeth October 26, 2012

Love this show!

A violent, but great show that my brother and I enjoy watching together. This is a superhero who's ends justify the means, but his intentions are right. He is the typical comic book playboy turned hero, but better.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bylaura926 February 1, 2014

Love the show! Approving DC Comics Spinoff!

I'm an avid DC Comics fan, and just started watching this show a few months ago. The actors have great chemistry and are amazing actors, but there is some violence and language. Some people are drunk, and others are boyfriend/girlfriend, and there is minimal consumerism. This CW show should be fine for most teenagers, and if you are superhero fan, watch the show!
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Adult Written byoxman21 April 27, 2014

Good action series, but gets a little dark.

Season 1 isn't too heavy, however season 2 is when things can get a little darker in certain scenes. In season 2, a man in a prison cuts open his flesh and pulls out knives from them. A romance scene shows a woman's bare back. Young woman are force fed a liquid which solidifies their oesophagus, this is done in a disturbing manner as a murderer does this to preserve them as "dolls". There is also a lot of romance, random making out here and there, including lesbian. Appropraite for kids 14+
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Kid, 12 years old November 13, 2013

Arrow Rocks

Arrow is a dark but awesome show. The hand to hand combat is amazing and not that bloody.
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Kid, 11 years old October 5, 2013

Arrow

Really good can't wait for next season. Some contents about drugs and an iffy area of town. Good but kinda violent. Awesome.
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Adult Written byNate R January 31, 2016

Awesome show! (SPOILERS)

This show is awesome, but extremely violent and intense. Violence and blood is strong e.g. An arrow in the eye, Deathstroke making large cuts in Oliver's chest with a knife, a suicide is committed (gun to the head), and a throat was slit, but you cannot see it, for the camera is behind. There is also terrifying threats that imply extreme violence, like Green Arrow almost shoving a man's face into a fan. There is also many situations of cheating on mates, and Oliver's friend saying it must had been hard to not have sex in 5 years. Language includes "ass", "son of a bitch" and "hell". This show is great, but also greatly suggestive.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byAllison1212 July 6, 2014

Arrow

i like this but if you are 12 or 11 you should not see this
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Parent Written byaubreyb1 September 20, 2015

We watch it too!

My husband and I enjoyed watching this alongside our 10 year old.
Teen, 15 years old Written byNeveralone4 January 12, 2015

A good show appropriate for ages 12+

Overall has a good message.Violence is high in value ,but that's the point of fighting crime and I don't really remember seeing much blood or scary images.There are some inappropriate scenes which you can just skip ,but its mostly about Oliver and his team saving Starling city.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bycait luvs bbc December 30, 2013

Great Action Tv Show

The show is great, if you like superheroes, romance, and action this is the perfect show for you. There is a lot of violence because pretty much each show in the first season he kills someone, but he does change his mind in the second season. be aware of what you can handle. The show has a lot of plot twist, but sometimes is predictable. It is great for teens and parents and both will enjoy the heart pumping drama that will leave you hanging for the next one
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