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