Constantine

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Comic book-inspired frights are bloody scary.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although Constantine's mission is helping other people, the show's overall tone is generally dark, painting the world in a negative and dangerous light. Although it's possible for good to win over evil, you get the sense that it's a never-ending battle.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The core characters are battling evil, but they have demons of their own. Although con man Constantine is more of a reluctant hero, he's a hero nonetheless and risks his own life to save others.

Violence

Scenes can range from disturbing to downright startling, with zombies, demons, and plenty of blood.

Sex
Language

Characters use gateway terms such as "bloody," "damn," "bollocks," "damn," "rapey," and "bastard."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is a heavy drinker and smoker but not typically to the point of drunkenness or impairment. His chain-smoking is downplayed on-screen.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Constantine follows a self-described "exorcist, demonologist, and master of the dark arts" on an unending quest to fight supernatural evil. That translates into darkly violent scenes designed to scare that, although tempered for network television, are still effectively unsettling. The main character also is a heavy drinker and smoker, and characters use a lot of gateway slang (think "bollocks" and "bloody"). 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHieptrieu April 8, 2016
Adult Written bygmo3q March 29, 2016

Scary but true to the comics

I really enjoyed the series. It was true to the DC comics, with a little bit of poetic license (Chas is American in the TV series, etc). The acting and special... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIan_hga116 December 10, 2014

Bloody, fun, entertaining

This show is amazing, but some can get really scary, like scarier than the excorcist. Some blood is shown depending on the episode. Parent should know, in the c... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKale109 July 4, 2016

It was good, but pretty unsettling

Depends on how familiar the kid is with unsettling scenes/images and how they react to them.

What's the story?

Banished to an asylum after being framed for a young girl's murder, John CONSTANTINE (Matt Ryan) has largely walked away from fighting evil. But when supernatural events he can't ignore pull him back into service, he renews his reluctant quest to save lives with support from his faithful friend Chas (Charles Halford) and an angel (Harold Perrineau) assigned to watch over him.

Is it any good?

If you’re not already familiar with the DC Comics series it’s based on, Constantine might strike you as confusing, far-fetched, or flat-out ridiculous -- or all of the above. But die-hard comic book fans are far more likely to forgive Constantine​'s flaws and embrace the series’ unexpectedly campy tone, which, depending on your take, may or may not be exactly what the writers were going for.

The one thing Constantine gets right from the start, however, is its special effects, delivering some serious frights for a network show that are definitely not for the faint of heart. From dead-eyed lunatics possessed by dark spirits to a ghostly grandmother gone horribly, horribly wrong, prepare to be scared -- and sufficiently spooked.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Constantine's hero status. Is he a hero, an antihero, or something in between? How does he measure up as a role model?

  • How does Constantine compare with its source material (the DC horror comic book series Hellblazer​) and the 2005 film adaptation? What changes were made to the original story and characters to conform to different mediums?

  • Does Constantine bring anything new to the table when it comes to shows about the supernatural? What's the appeal of dark themes in popular media? Is it a fleeting trend or a theme that's here to stay?

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