Parents' Guide to

Beauty and the Beast (TV)

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fantasy police procedural lacks a certain fairy tale charm.

TV CW Drama 2012
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

I love it

It is great and I freaking loved it. Well... almost everything. It had great edited sexual content, great amount of gore and violence, it had like most great characters and some episodes i give them a 2 or a 3 star.
age 13+


This is awesome i love it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Shadows, secrecy, and spy subplots really liven up a romance, as Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman showed us in the late '80s when Beauty and the Beast was first recast as a TV romance/thriller. Unfortunately, the CW's take on Beauty and the Beast lacks the gothic frills of the '80s version, which gained a lot of atmosphere from the subterranean sanctuary in which the Beast lived. The updated Beauty takes place in an anonymous big city, with plot points and settings that will remind you more of Law & Order than Grimm's fairy tales.

Nonetheless, the cast has good chemistry, even if some of the leads are overly pretty. (C'mon, a pair of female detectives on a metropolitan police force who are both model-hot and look to be maybe 30 each? That's television for you. ...) At least Kreuk and Ryan, as Cat and Vincent, work up some decent heat together. Teens may love the show's overwrought, dramatic romance, though parents may want to watch with them to discuss any issues that arise. For instance, tough cop Cat needs saving pretty frequently. What message does that send? Did the makers of Beauty update the setting and forget to work on the tired old "helpless woman needs a strong man" trope?

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