A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Raquel welcomes Amy into her world when she realizes that they share the same demon-seeing misfit power. Both characters are often portrayed fighting for their lives, troubleshooting problems together, and they don't let fear stop them. Some positive messages may be negated for some teens by the series' blending of mental health issues with demonic sightings, evil psychiatrists, and evil family members.
Positive Role Models
Main characters Amy and Raquel take a stand against evil forces, although sometimes in gross and gruesome ways.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is kidnapped from her apartment by the main characters wearing clown masks; then she's bound, gagged, and locked in the trunk of a car. Frequent appearance of human faces morphing into distorted faces on the demon characters who threaten to kill the seers; chases ensue. An exorcism involving blood and urine is performed on a woman tied down in a warehouse. A man is hit by a car. The main characters discuss putting a "pole in the ass" of the demons. One demon's face is beaten in by a trophy given to the secretly evil psychiatrist who is treating one of the main characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Humorous interactions sometimes contain sexual banter, offbeat sexual references (Raquel: "If guys are possessed, their semen's cold"). Some sexual innuendo. In the first episode, there's no nudity, but a partially clothed couple is portrayed in a scene in which they've obviously just been or are about to be intimate.
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Lots of swearing (usually in humorous context): "ass," "pole up their ass," "d--k," "piss," "s--t," "p---y," "f--k," "bitch," "hell-bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character is shown smoking a cigarette. In the first episode, there's a reference to taking a drug combo of "ecstasy, acid, [and] horse tranquilizer."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crazyhead blends elements of comedy, horror, girl power, and mental health issues to tell the story of two friends battling people possessed by demons. The series includes lots of scary images of human-turned-demonic characters doing violent things, including a best friend who becomes possessed and one of the lead character's psychiatrist being a disguised demon. The two main characters, Amy and Raquel, bond as outsiders who are thought to have mental illnesses but are actually battling demons that only people like themselves (called "seers") can see. There's quite a bit of sexual innuendo and swearing, mostly in humorous ways.
Is It Any Good?
The two main actresses who play Amy and Raquel, the demon-hunting duo, have excellent chemistry and terrific comedic timing. But most of the (often crude) humor in this comedy-horror-drama is overshadowed by the constant sense that something bad is about to happen, which it usually does. This tension could be good for viewers who like that sort of comedy-thriller. But for teens looking for a comedy, the demon transformations, spooky exorcisms, and bloody endings may short-circuit the laughs. What's not good for many teens is the way Crazyhead mixes mental illness with demonic possession. This may be confusing for some teens struggling with real-life mental health issues, as well as stigmatizing. Even as the main characters bond and support each other in their plight as "seers," the mixed message and demonization of a psychiatrist and other family members may be the series' most frightening part of all.
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