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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Scheming, back-stabbing return to Southfork; steamy stuff.

TV TNT Drama 2012
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Sexy, seductive, and delightfully devilish, this new generation of Ewings does its forebears proud in their ploys for power (or, in a few cases, for peace). Even if this is your first introduction to this family that truly does put the "fun" in dysfunction, you'll get up to speed on the tangled family tree in no time, thanks to the show's lightening pace and razor-sharp writing. The original characters reignite their warfare as though no time has passed since the original series' end in 1991, and the newcomers file in so flawlessly, it's as if they truly have been raised in this backbiting family. With plot twists that come out of nowhere and a stunningly gorgeous cast of schemers, this is one remake that promises to live up to its parent series.

That said, the fact that this series does little to perpetuate virtuous lifestyles or positive family relationships makes it a no-no for most teens. In fact, the show does such a good job making these villainous characters enticing that it's hard to not find yourself getting wrapped up in and rooting for their schemes, regardless of the emotional fallout. Not the best message for your teens, to be sure, but it sure does make for some fun adults-only entertainment.

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