A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The cult horror vibe combined with the silliness of Chucky doesn't make for many real messages, though there is some acceptance and compassion for the main character.
Positive Role Models
No one behaves well here.
The world this go-round of Chucky takes place in is a fairly progressive one. The main character, Jake, is gay and for the most part, this is treated very matter-of-factly. The characters who do have an issue with it (mainly Jake's dad, Luke) are portrayed as out-of-touch and bigoted. Even the maniacal Chucky himself non-judgementally mentions to Jake that he has a gay, nonbinary son (this is actually canon, in the film Seed of Chucky). Additionally, the only adult in town who seems to have a lick of sense is Devon's mom, a Black detective who takes charge when needed and is determined to uncover who is behind Hackensack's crimewave.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of wild death scenes, blood, and gore -- often played cartoonishly and accompanied by wisecracks from Chucky.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, a few make-out scenes.
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Profanity is strong and frequent, including "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults and teenagers are seen drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chucky is a series based on the Child's Play horror movie franchise. It pulls no punches when it comes to horror movie violence, though the intensity of the kill scenes is somewhat alleviated by the sheer ridiculousness of these acts being committed by a doll -- it definitely tips more toward funny than gross. Still, it is gory, and those with weaker stomachs may be turned off by scenes of people biting into razor-blade packed apples and being electrocuted. Every expletive you can imagine is uttered here ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and more.), most often via Chucky himself. Teenagers are seen partying and making out, with allusions to sex. The main character is a sensitive gay teenager who is bullied at school and by his own father, who is shown to have problems with anger and alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
The original Child's Play film spawned six sequels and a 2019 reboot that received mostly mixed reviews; this addition updates the lore for Gen Z yet still feels like a return to form for the mini-murderer. That's due in large part to having Chucky's creator, Don Mancini, back at the helm. Actor Brad Dourif also returns as the voice of Chucky and is as funny as ever, delivering one zinger after another with a distinctively scummy charm.
The rest of the cast is good, even if 90% of the job is teeing up punchlines for Chucky. Arthur is sympathetic as the misunderstood Jake, whose downtrodden sensitivity can make him a little too susceptible to accepting Chucky's idea of "help" (which mainly means killing off anyone in town who wrongs him). Bjorgvin Arnarson is also good as Jake's crushworthy, true-crime obsessed classmate Devon, whose mom (Rachelle Casseus) just so happens to be a detective who is getting mighty suspicious about all the accidents that seem to be following young Wheeler wherever he goes. All told, Chucky's campy mix of satire and slaughter has the potential to draw in new fans while expanding on the Child's Play cinematic universe in ways that longtime fans will surely enjoy.
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