Parents' Guide to

Blood & Oil

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Greed, manipulation, sex make for decent prime-time soap.

TV ABC Drama 2015
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

blood & oil love

I loved this TV show series. My boyfriend of 4.5 years has worked in the oilfield for 4 of those years, I have visited the boomtown that he works in multiple times and this show portrayed that town so well when the town was first booming. with people living on the streets and nothing being on the shelves in stores. The family and relationship drama was always entertaining and my 3 roommates and I were always talking about the show. All of us really hope to see the show continue, we need to see what is going to happen next!

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This series has all the expected markings of a prime-time soap -- money, greed, sex, family squabbles, thinly veiled villains -- and the knack for taking itself more seriously than it should. It's impossible to watch without drawing comparisons to the granddaddy of all fracking dramas, Dallas (and its modern incarnation), but with the exception of Johnson's mesmerizing performance as the cunning Hap, it falls short of such a gold-standard mark.

Blood & Oil is inspired by the story of a real-life North Dakota boomtown, which will give it a slight edge for viewers who like a tangible dose of truth with their fiction. Some of the characters are particularly charming, including the wide-eyed greenhorns Billy and Cody, and there's plenty of tantalizing drama in play. The bottom line? This show isn't destined for awards, but it's a fairly benign guilty pleasure, and its setting makes for some stunning scenery.

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