A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although there's a good bit of iffy/risque behavior, uiltimately the show is about women transforming their lives through their own inherent powers -- albeit magical ones.
Positive Role Models
The show's female role models are strong, independent, and intelligent -- though they do have some weaknesses/judgment lapses. Van Horne has an air of evil, although he occasionally does good deeds.
Violence & Scariness
Medium violence, with slapping, pushing, and people being struck by lighning or attacked by insects. Weapons are sometimes pulled, but with minimal bloodletting. A teen girl is sexually assaulted by her boyfriend, but the encounter is interrupted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual banter (including a conversation about a vibrator) and palpable sexual tension between characters. Some partial nudity, but no sensitive parts shown, only skin (back, legs, cleavage, etc.). Heated kissing.
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"Damn," "hell," and lots of body part references ("boobs," "ass," etc.). "Slut" is used, too (and in one scene, a child repeats it).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional overindulgence in social settings, typically when the women get together for dinner. Another male character drinks beer throughout the day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this a show about modern-day witches that clearly targets women, and it plays on the sexual tension between the witches and their mysterious mentor, Darryl Van Horne. Talk can get steamy (including comical conversations about vibrators), and there's a little bit of partial/suggesed nudity, although no sensitive body parts are shown. You'll also see some violent acts (both magical and non-magical) and hear a little bit of salty talk, although nothing too shocking (think "slut," "ass," etc.).
Is It Any Good?
This is actually the third time that The Witches of Eastwick has been adapted for the small screen (a pair of unsold pilots were developed in 1992 and 2002). But the third time, as they say, could be the charm. Given the current TV and movie climate, which takes kindly to all things fantastical, audiences seem receptive to the subject, and the casting shows promise, too. Gross, in particular, turns in a devilishly credible take on a role originated by Jack Nicholson (talk about a tough act to follow!).
That's not to say the show will sail easily into the headwinds of ratings nirvana. The premise is a silly pill to swallow and things could easily go south as the story unfolds. But, as a viewer, you do find yourself rooting for the characters as they come into their own ... and you kind of want them to pull off an improbable feat.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.