A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of responsibility to parents, school and friends are frequently employed. Just as frequently, however, adults and students alike make rash and dangerous choices. Ultimately, the show articulates the importance of defending others, but there are lots of moral conflicts and grey areas.
Positive Role Models
The teenagers in the series generally try to be engaged in the world around them, even when it rejects them. Adults in their lives are often brave, putting themselves in harm's way to protect the younger generation. Like the overarching messages of the show as a whole, the characters can be morally conflicted, but those conflicts are discussed and dissected rather than overlooked.
Violence & Scariness
Extended sequences of an impaled teenager, blood sprays across the face of her horrified boyfriend. A teenager is tricked, by an adult he trusts, into using a weapon to destroy an alien that also takes his own life. Aliens kill many characters off-screen. Threats of killing are made frequently.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An woman mentions catching her husband "fiddling with himself on the stairs."
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"Stupid," "hell," "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Doctor Who is a much promoted and merchandised series that this show shares a universe with. Key characters and objects from that series appear in this show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Class is a sci-fi series set in the same universe as perennial BBC favorite Doctor Who, but is a bit less family-friendly. The premise involves a group of high school students who, together, face off against aliens in bloody and intense conflicts. The show features impulsive, selfish decision-making on the part of adults and teenagers alike. Battles can be violent, but always have impact and consequences. Parents should be ready to discuss classic teen problems (popularity, etc) as well as big picture issues like war, with any tweens that want to watch.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot to enjoy about this spin-off of the immensely successful Doctor Who. Featuring an engaging cast, the show doesn't shy away from the realities of being a teen: mainly that it's full of angst for even the most popular of students. And who doesn't love a narrative that pits a modern-day Breakfast Club against monster-of-the-week style aliens? There's some particularly gross violence that ups the stakes of the conflict, but makes for engrossing viewing. The show is grown up enough to appeal to older sci-fi fans but is a bit graphic for younger audiences crossing over from Doctor Who. This show will speak to teens who grew up with the Doctor, even though the quick pace of the plot can make the story feel a bit tangled. It's not a game-changing show, but it's solid binge-watching and a welcome addition to the Doctor's universe.
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