A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loss, love, friendship, and humanity are themes.
Positive Role Models
Liv wants to protect her loved ones from herself; Dr. Chakrabarti wants to help make her fully human again.
Violence & Scariness
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).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual innuendo. Sex crimes are sometimes featured; women appear in skimpy outfits.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drug use is occasionally visible. Drug-related zombie activity is discussed.
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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.
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.
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