Constantine

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 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"). 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCaution-Advice123 November 11, 2018

Enternatining and fun- may be too mature

I am confused to find common sense have not included the sex category, there is much sexual innuendo. In one scene, a surgeon takes off some clothes (but keeps... Continue reading
Adult Written byHieptrieu April 8, 2016
Teen, 15 years old Written byLittleLinkG May 8, 2020

Not as great as I hoped

I get people said it was awsome but when I watched it I was very disappointed. The only episode that was scary was episode 1 after that nothing was very scary i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDcforlife April 15, 2020

Kill the demons!

Demon chasing, gets intense, next to nine language, and Constantine is a great role model

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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