Soapy, sexy werewolf series gets gory.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Family loyalty is a unifying theme, but there's also a sense of danger as the body count escalates. Humanity versus animal instinct is another major conflict.

Positive role models

Elena and her pack have bylaws that guard against the killing of humans and unnecessary violence, and they're actively working to protect locals from a roving killer who doesn't share that philosophy. Elena herself is reluctant about her role as a "hunter" of any sort.


Scenes can be gory, with visible blood and signs of disembowelment. Physical combat and fight sequences include punching and kicking.


Simulated sex with partial nudity (side of breast, exposed buttocks), plus suggestive dialogue that can get pretty steamy.


Audible swearing includes "s--t," plus language such as "pissed off," "slut," and "hell."


The core characters use iPhones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, with some scenes in bars. Mild references to drug use and abuse.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bitten revolves around a pack of modern-day werewolves who are hunting down the perpetrator of some pretty grizzly crimes. That means you'll see gory scenes with visible blood, along with violent fight sequences and physical combat. You'll see sexy visuals, too, including simulated intercourse and partial nudity (bare buttocks, sides of breasts) and hear unbleeped language such as "s--t," "pissed off," and "slut." Social drinking is minor; drug use is mentioned. There's also some subtle branding of iPhones, as the pack uses them to communicate.

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What's the story?

Years after she was BITTEN and became the world's only known female werewolf, Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort) is hiding out in Toronto, where she's pursuing a career in photography, seeing a handsome public relations exec (Paul Greene), and trying to get away from her past. But when a grizzly murder hits her wolf pack's hometown, she's summoned back to help her "family" find the killer, and she must work alongside a former lover (Greyston Holt).

Is it any good?


It's kind of funny that Bitten is based on a horror novel by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong because, the thing is, it sounds terrible on paper. (The world's only living female werewolf sneaks sandwiches with her werewolf therapist to curb her raging appetite AND secretly longs to be a professional photographer? Talk about #werewolfproblems.) But once you accept that the premise is completely hokey, you can accept Bitten for what it's meant to be: a soapy, sexy piece of escapist TV.

The writing isn't great, thanks in part to a penchant for bad animal puns, including characters who say with straight faces, "Look what the wolves dragged in!" The effects, however, at least sidestep potential cheesiness by leaving much of the "transformation" to the imagination and having the werewolves turn into actual wolves instead of wolf-human hybrids. In the end though, Bitten is neither better nor worse than its competition -- from Teen Wolf to The Originals -- mostly because it does little to pull away from the pack.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bitten's heroine and how she plays against -- and into -- some commonly held female stereotypes. Is Elena a completely positive female role model? How do you feel about the show's central premise that women don't usually become werewolves because they're not believed to be strong enough to survive a werewolf attack?

  • Bitten's main characters battle an inner conflict between humanity and animal instinct. How does that translate to the struggles the rest of us have? Are you a slave to the genes you were born with, or are you more than your DNA?

  • How does Bitten compare to other supernatural dramas currently on television? Is it simply an also-ran, or does it add something new to the genre? What does it do differently, and does it work?

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bylml5280 January 30, 2014

Bitten review

I'm a bit disappointed by the review that this site did of this show. First of all, the review states that it's rated tv-14. The couple of episodes I watched were rated tv-ma. An age of 15 is way too young for this show. The sex scenes are explicit, and frequent. Partial breasts and butts are clearly visible. This feels like another attempt on Syfy's part to create a show with a dull plotline, and add a bunch of gratuitous sex and violence to create ratings. This ploy isn't working, however, seeing as how the show is doing poorly in the ratings.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byUrbanReader April 18, 2014

Kelley Armstrong Bitten comes alive!

Very well written, it's a show for young adults and up. Rather than focusing on violence for the sake of violence, it's a family drama, there is no gratuitous violence or gore - most fight scenes are choreographed as martial arts and there is rarely a weapon involved. The story is also about honor and "doing the right thing" and violence is stated clearly as a defense mechanism. Much more of a love story than anything else, with psychologically laden characters and sensual connotation. It is much healthier and interesting than most sci-fi shows out there and definitely much less violent or condoning of violence. There is no consumerism whatsoever, phones are used as means of communication only.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byHeather 2 April 17, 2015

Bitten Continues to Intrigue Me!

This is an awesome show! It has a well storyline and plot. The actors play their part very-well and they keep you entertained! I would say in THIS day AND AGE a 10-year old could watch this no problem. They aren't going to see anything that is going to shock them. ( AND if you think your 15 year-old shouldn't watch it, there IS something wrong in your household) My friends' daughter watches this and she is only 12. I hope this show gets renewed again for a 3rd season!
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