A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes can be gory, with visible blood and signs of disembowelment. Physical combat and fight sequences include punching and kicking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex with partial nudity (side of breast, exposed buttocks), plus suggestive dialogue that can get pretty steamy.
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Audible swearing includes "s--t," plus language such as "pissed off," "slut," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The core characters use iPhones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, with some scenes in bars. Mild references to drug use and abuse.
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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.
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.
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