Dynasty (2017)

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Drinks, diamonds, and drama galore in fun, soapy reboot.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The ethics portrayed on this show are incredibly murky, and a high value is placed on money and power over family, friends, and the environment (the head of the Carrington family is a big proponent of fracking).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fallon Carrington has a point when she talks about being underestimated by males in the business world, but she's also materialistic as all get out, and uses underhanded techniques to get what she wants. Her brother Steven is idealistic and cares about clean energy issues, yet still enjoys the luxurious fruits of his oil baron father's labor. Other characters cheat on their spouses, stalk people, and steal. Best to look elsewhere for role models.

Violence

Hair-pulling, slapping, wrestling -- your standard soap opera-type stuff. There's an oil field explosion that results in a worker being covered with painful-looking burns and bruises.

Sex

Sexual references galore ("get off," "banging," etc.), and sexuality is often used as a tool to control and manipulate. No actual nudity: Body parts are strategically covered with bedsheets and the like during simulated sex/make-out scenes. Blake Carrington's son Steven is gay -- and although this fact makes him uncomfortable, Blake's not above using it to his advantage when negotiating business deals.

Language

Expect to hear words like "bitch," "hell," "bastard" -- nothing much stronger. Fallon refers to a pair of business bros as "douche bags."

Consumerism

These characters live luxuriously and flaunt it. It's all about fancy clothes, gigantic diamonds, tooling around in a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes. There's talk of purchasing Major League Baseball teams (the Atlanta Braves), and references to Cessna airplanes and tech companies like Spotify.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne and martinis seem to be constantly flowing on this show (very handy, if you need a drink to throw in someone's face). Lots of meetings, business and otherwise, take place in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dynasty is a glitzy reboot of the 1980s nighttime soap opera smash of the same name. Although there's no outright nudity, there's a lot of sex and "Meet me in the pool house, chauffeur!" type activity, which means suggestive conversations and simulated lovemaking. Verbal arguments can turn physical at times, and there's a whole lot of drinking going on. The show portrays a world that revolves around money, sex, and power -- and the sleazy things people do to get it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLollipop4508 October 14, 2017

Not much fun. A little too typical PC cliche.

Its very anti family, anti religion, and the worst qualities of third wave feminism, with none of the good. It promotes dishonesty, and lack of gratitude and... Continue reading
Adult Written bychrisman28 October 21, 2017

i am a man and i love it

ok this has became one of my new guilty pleasures yes I am a single straight man and I admit I love it the suspence is great and the ladies are beautiful though... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKittehkat October 11, 2017

Liz Gillies is still beautiful

FIRST THINGS FIRST, Liz has always been beautiful ever since the musical 13 and VicTORIous. She completely slays as Fallon, if you love Liz Gillies.. you should... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCaitycat17 January 3, 2018

So underrated this show is incredible

So I can tell all you parents that this show is prettt inappropriate. I mean I love it a lot it has a ton of drama and jaw dropping moments but characters behav... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DYNASTY, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies, Victorious) is the magnetic, whip-smart daughter of famed businessman Blake Carrington (Grant Show, Melrose Place), who flies home to Atlanta expecting to hear she's been made COO of daddy dearest's multi-billion dollar company, Carrington Industries. Instead, she's beyond horrified when she arrives to find not a promotion waiting for her, but a new rival for her father's affections: Blake's middle-class employee (and fiancée!), Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley, UNreal). Fallon and her idealistic brother Steven (James Mackay, The Leftovers) are reeling from this news, and while her brother is happy to give his mysterious stepmother-to-be a chance, as far as Fallon is concerned, this is a declaration of war. She teams up with her dad's biggest rival, billionaire tech magnate Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke, Switched at Birth), and thus begins her path to revenge. 

Is it any good?

Fans of the original '80s version of the soap will enjoy tuning in to see how the CW has updated and tweaked the formula. They've done this in part by adding more racially diverse castmembers, and even gender-swapping some of them. Just one example: Heather Locklear was a fan favorite in the OG story as troublemaking Sammy Jo, while in this version "Sammy Joe" (Rafael de la Fuente) is the gay, Latino cousin of Blake Carrington's new fiancée, Cristal. The good news is, this version of Dynasty is still as over-the-top ridiculous, glamorous, and sleazy as ever. You're not likely to come away having learned any great truths about life, but this snarky, fluffy show does make for near-perfect "guilty pleasure" viewing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Dynasty depicts people who have grown up with extreme wealth. How might this affect a person and the way that person relates to others -- especially those with less? Do the Carringtons behave like any people you know in real life? Are their problems relatable?

  • How does the show treat Steven's homosexuality? Do you think the way he is treated by the people around him is an accurate depiction of real-life attitudes?

  • How do your relationships with family members compare to the relationships between the four main characters? How do you use communication skills to maintain positive relationships? Do you think the Dynasty crew is good at communicating? 

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