Blood & Oil

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Greed, manipulation, sex make for decent prime-time soap.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Success often comes through manipulation and coercion, even among family members and within the political arena. Greed influences many people's actions, which exposes them and their families to possible danger. Taking risks can pay off, but it also can cost you everything. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Billy and Cody want to work for their success, but even they get swept up in the instantaneous gratification of overnight wealth. Many characters are swayed by greed, and it affects their actions in negative ways.

Violence

Guns, fistfights, and the occasional dead body. Verbal threats. 

Sex

Couples make out, and women are shown undressing down to their undergarments. A man kisses a woman's bare midriff as she lies on the bed. Sex isn't shown, but it's clear that's where the scene is headed. 

Language

"Son of a bitch" and "bastard." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults often drink with meals and after work, but generally there's no ill effect.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blood & Oil is a soapy drama series about the residents of an oil boomtown in North Dakota. The story is inspired by actual events in a real-life town, and it comprises the best and the worst about people in a place where fortunes are made and lost in the course of a day. People manipulate and coerce for the sake of greed, and even family members turn against each other for money. It's hard to call anyone a protagonist in such an environment, and there are mixed messages in the fact that those who lie, cheat, and steal most effectively come out on top. Expect some steamy scenes that show women in bras and couples making out. Plus you'll hear some strong language ("son of a bitch," mostly). Some arguments turn violent, with guns at the ready and several fistfights. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byoilfieldgf January 25, 2016

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 ti... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysoursunshine August 28, 2016

Really Good!

It's a really good show! It barely says curse words and it is mostly good all around! It does have some sexual stuff, but no body parts are showing, and t... Continue reading

What's the story?

BLOOD & OIL follows Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse) LeFever, newlyweds who leave their working-class hometown to have a go at a small business in Rock Springs, North Dakota, bustling after a recent oil strike. But when their original plans don't work out, they're forced to throw caution to the wind and go all in on a risky business endeavor with local tycoon Hap Briggs (Don Johnson), who's fighting his own battles with his crooked son, Wick (Scott Michael Foster). It's trial by fire as the LeFevers try to keep their heads above water in this boom-or-bust climate that threatens their marriage as well as their bottom line. 

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which characters, if any, are to be admired. Do any of them make their money honestly? Is it possible to be an honest businessman (or woman) in an environment like this one? Where do you draw the line between good business and good values? 

  • Who are the bad guys in this story? Does that definition change as the show evolves? Does it change your impression of business in the real world? Is it easy to imagine business is as cutthroat as this show implies? 

  • Teens: Are you a risk taker? Could you go all in on a make-or-break business venture the way many of these characters do?

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