iZombie

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Quirky zombie-detective show has violence, heart (and guts).

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 38 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Loss, love, friendship, and humanity are themes.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Liv wants to protect her loved ones from herself; Dr. Chakrabarti wants to help make her fully human again.  

Violence

Murder is a major theme; deaths are reenacted and described. Guns and other weapons visible. Zombie attacks lead to scratches, bites, and death. Dead bodies, blood, human brains shown (and sometimes consumed). 

Sex

Occasional sexual innuendo. Sex crimes are sometimes featured; women appear in skimpy outfits. 

Language

"Ass," "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drug use is occasionally visible. Drug-related zombie activity is discussed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iZombie is an unconventional, teen-oriented detective show that just happens to have a zombie protagonist. As is usually the case with the undead, it contains lots of blood, corpses, human brains, and so on. Guns and other weapons also are visible. There's some strong vocabulary ("hell," "ass"), some innuendo, discussions of sex-related crimes, and occasional drug use among the undead and the living. Friendship, love, and loss also are themes. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byvandchaynes July 9, 2020

More fun for adults

I really had fun watching this series. I don't think it is geared towards teens. There are references that adults would find funny that a teen might miss... Continue reading
Parent Written byHeather M. July 27, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byjessieyammouni October 18, 2015

iZombie review

iZombie is a really good TV show. it has some really interesting episodes. yes, it does have its fair share of violence and goriness but its funny and definitel... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCoolkid13 November 13, 2020

Pretty Great

It is really good. Although, it has it’s fair share of nasty brains , disturbing crimes and a couple of sex scenes, it has a four star rating from me. It’s grea... Continue reading

What's the story?

From the creator of Veronica Mars and loosely based on the comic book series of the same name, IZOMBIE is a drama about a medical resident-turned zombie committed to fighting crime. Overachiever Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIver) had the perfect life, but everything changes when she's scratched during a brain-sucking zombie attack. Now undead, she attempts to preserve what's left of her humanity by taking a job at the coroner's office, where she secretly feeds on the brains of those already dead. Her new diet also allows her to access the memories of the deceased, which she uses to help local police detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin). But her new life (and new look) confuses her best friend Peyton Charles (Aly Michalka); her mom, Eva (Molly Hagan); and her now-ex-fiancé, Major Lilywhite (Robert Buckley). Further complicating things is Blaine (David Anders), who becomes a presence in her life thanks to his own link to the zombie world. Luckily, medical examiner Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) is determined to help her out by providing her a steady supply of fresh brains and learning everything he can about zombies to find a scientific way to make her fully human again.

Is it any good?

The quirky police-procedural formula combines good writing, well-placed humor, and, of course, zombie creepiness in a way that makes this unconventional show entertaining and lively. Liv's charm even manages to make her unsavory brain-eating moments a bit more palatable. But, beneath all the blood and guts is a tale about a young woman trying to cope with the loss of the life she loved, while being forced to accept the present.  

Granted, the actual crime narratives range from being slightly predictable to bordering on obvious. Fans of the comic book saga also may find the TV adaptation lacking some of the serial's stranger details. But it successfully captures Liv Moore's peculiar appeal, which makes her story compelling. It's a fun, heartfelt series that is both enjoyable and uniquely engaging.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of zombies, vampires, and other scary creatures in the media. What makes them appealing? Did you know that these types of characters were popular in the 1920s and '30s? Why did they become popular again? How long do you think this trend will last? 

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