A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dracula and Van Helsing -- once sworn enemies -- are working together for a common cause. That said, the common cause is killing people who once wronged them, and achieving their goal calls for large-scale treachery, blackmail, and deceit.
Positive Role Models
The main character, Dracula, is most certainly a villain, although his primary motivation is to get revenge on the people who killed his beloved wife. He's also partnering with Van Helsing, who in the original novel was a hero -- and his principal enemy.
Violence & Scariness
Death, and blood, are integral to the plot, and when characters die, it's carnal and messy (slitting throats, devouring necks, etc.). There's physical combat, too, involving low-tech weapons like knives, crossbows, and stakes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Although sexual acts are simulated and no sensitive parts are shown, some scenes are heavily suggestive with lots of skin that stops just short of nudity.
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Light use of gateway words like "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mostly social drinking, although there are minor characters who use hallucinatory drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dracula takes heavy liberties with the plot and characters of the classic novel that inspired it, dialing up the violence and sexual content for modern audiences. That means you'll see plenty of bloody acts (like throat-slitting and flesh-eating), but cutaway shots keep most scenes from getting too gory. You'll also see characters engaged in sexual activity that, while simulated, is strongly suggestive. Characters drink socially, too, and some use hallucinatory drugs, although language is comparatively tame (such as "damn" and "hell").
Is It Any Good?
It feels like vampires have been "the thing" since, well, forever ago. And that's partly why this lavishly styled revamp of Bram Stoker's time-honored tale feels so frustratingly late to the party, even in spite of major change-ups like the rebranding of Dracula and his adversary, Van Helsing, into Victorian-era partners in crime. So pardon the pun...but hasn't this vampire thing already been done to death?
Tired themes of the undead aside, there's still a lot this British-American drama does well (although the convoluted story line involving the count bringing electricity to the masses isn't one of them) -- from knockout sets and costumes to a credibly cast ensemble. Also, in spite of an American accent that sounds a bit like Christian Slater gone cowboy, Rhys Meyers delivers the goods when it comes to animal magnetism, reminiscent of his turn in The Tudors but dialed down for a network audience.
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