Parents' Guide to

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thrilling update of spooky comic ramps up teen empowerment.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 86 parent reviews

age 13+

FINALLY a positive and mostly accurate representation of modern Satanism!

It's a great show for adults and teens, but definitely NOT for children. This show manages to be both original and entertaining like the Archie comics are, but not a blatant cheesy ripoff of Bewitched like the original TV show was. This darker and more serious supernatural drama will keep you on the edge of your seat if you enjoy occult references and a bit of dark humor...it has good, positive representations of both Satanic characters and LGBT characters! It's a bit of a soap opera though in that it focuses rather heavily on dating, romance, and who ends up sleeping with whom...
age 18+

Powerful satanic messages with violence, pedophilia, cannibalism

I thought this would be a nice witch show. I was SO wrong. From the first two episodes I watched, it is quite obvious that this show has an agenda. A disturbing agenda. Through good cinematography and likable actors, it pulls teens into a very dark and dangerous path. There are elements of pedophilia, underage dangerous sexual behavior, violence, gore, cannibalism with a sprinkle of violent language and lots of ”thank satan”. It seems like this show tries to normalize dangerous behavior in young people. The thing is, even if you are not a Christian, the core values that the Occidental world, the USA, and Europe are built are Christian, they say to be grateful, thankful, to not harm others. These moral principles are the base of our laws. To make a show entirely based on violence and praising satanism, normalizing immoral behavior and masking this under the mask of freedom of speech and free will (by the way, most religions say that we have free will, but should never hurt others), this is beyond my understanding. I kind of understand the conspiracy theories that talk about occultism and other awful stuff. Disappointing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (86 ):
Kids say (165 ):

Witchcraft becomes a meta-metaphor for female power in this smart, witty, and positively thrilling update of the cheesy teen-witch story that, like Riverdale, originated in Archie comics. This Sabrina is both darker and deeper, with more on its mind than the sitcom-with-magic antics of 1990s cult fave Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Compellingly, the new Sabrina grapples not only with the whiplash that comes from having one foot in the magical world and one in the mortal one, but also with the limitations that the world puts on her as a teenage girl.

There's a moment that crystallizes Sabrina's relatable dilemma in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's second episode, when Sabrina debates with another young witch over Sabrina's witch-age-of-majority choice: Should she sign her name in the Dark Lord's book and accept her full powers, along with restrictive rules? Or should she remain mortal, free to make her own choices? As Sabrina explains to her colleague, she wants it all: power and freedom. The other witch scoffs. The Dark Lord would never allow such a thing. Why? "He's a man, isn't he?" Is witchcraft a means of magical empowerment for Sabrina? Or is it just another trap? With such a sophisticated, sharp idea anchoring the drama, this thrill ride gives viewers something to chew on.

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