Buffy the Vampire Slayer

TV review by Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen vampire series has female role model; sex, violence.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 144 reviews

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age 14+

Buffy seasons 1-6 Review

Hey Guys! I'm going to split my review up into the individual seasons to do with content and will try avoid spoilers Season 1: Season one is the most tame to do with Sex and Violence no sex and no references and the language is tame. Although people associate it with a lot of violence when vampires are killed they burst into dust no blood. This season is probably the worst to do with the rest of the show and only Episodes 1,2,7,12 are key to the rest of the show but still 3.5/5 ages 10+ Season 2: This season stepped up a notch to do with Sex, Buffy loses her virginity in this season nothing is shown but the results are catastrophic but the violence is tame. Over all besides some monster of the week episodes this season is one of the best well done and great drama everything is better this season 4.7/5. ages 11+ Season 3: Once again since Buffy is in high school not much Sex, drugs or anything not much violence but Faith is quite a bad role model. the season is overall great goofy tones are ditched and a more serious approach is placed in. One of the best very enjoyable 4.8/5 11+ Season 4: This season is filled with sex scenes some very graphic some quite tame. This season does have some scary episodes for younger viewers but is quite funny as well. This season is good but not amazing some of the stand alone episodes are better than the over arcing plot but very fun 4.1/5 12+ Season 5: This season is very intense and is sad more than anything and its ending and middle will leave you heart broken as for violence its a bit more violent and the tones are much more serious after some deaths. No sex but just intense tones. This season is amazing probably the best season its dramatic, romantic funny and scary and everything it promises to be absolutely perfect 5/5 12+ Season 6: Season 6 is absolutely filled to the brim with sex scenes all extremely graphic with attempted rape and graphic violence its very depressing as well and is extremely dark. This is probably my favorite season its very well shot and written every episode has a meaning and it think many people will enjoy it 5/5 14+ Season 7: Season 7 is dark and violent but has many themes of empowerment and self worth . No sex but plenty of sexual references and a very mature season not recommended for younger kids 4.6/5 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
8 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Campy fun that misses moral potential

I enjoyed the first season. However, as the "make-out" sessions in season 2 became more protracted, I found it both tedious and worrisome. Was the showing lacking more creative ways to fill the time, or was it selling soft porn to impressionable teenage girls? I suspect the latter. 17 year old Buffy (played by a 21 year old Gellar) gives her virginity away, -- a very poor example to young girls. I am disappointed that common sense parents can be so dismissive, especially considering the character is a minor. I don't find Buffy strong or compelling.

This title has:

Too much sex
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