A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Expect to hear words like "bitch," "hell," "bastard" -- nothing much stronger. Fallon refers to a pair of business bros as "douche bags."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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