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TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Legacies TV Poster Image
Vampire spin-off has new characters, violence, sexiness.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Series revolves around safe space for people who are the species of nightmares. Discussions about what’s right and wrong, and good and evil, are often ambiguous.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Students are often troubled by their gifts, and struggle to find balance between their supernatural world and the human one; Alaric is trying to help guide them, and Hope tries to do the right thing (but isn't always successful). 


Violent scenes are frequent, range from exorcisms being performed and angry students using magic to break and destroy things, to fight training, rough Wickery (ball sport) matches, and werewolf chases. Knives and other weapons are visible, as are gruesome images of bloodied and mutilated corpses. Animals are sacrificed to perform dark magic. Some kids come to school after being abused by humans. 


Strong innuendo; lots of flirting, kissing, teenage relationships include casual sex (though it's not shown). 


"D--k," "ass," "hell," etc. 


References to Harry Potter and other horror and magic-themed stories. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking at parties. References to smoking weed; magical herbs are used for various reasons.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Legacies, a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, is a supernatural drama. It contains all the bloody, gruesome violence and strong sexual innuendo that its (very popular with teens) predecessor is known for. There are lots of high school romances, parties (where students drink), and references to smoking weed. There's also some strong language, and references to magic and horror-themed books like the Harry Potter series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byannaliediaz94 December 5, 2018
Adult Written byLittlekittycats321 December 8, 2018
Kid, 12 years old October 28, 2018


So I have only watched the first episode because it just came out this week. But form the first episode, you can tell there is going to be a fair amount of viol... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDaTurtleLife October 26, 2018

Legacies - First Episode

Though there is and probably will be some violence, it is not gruesome and disgusting. Kids 11+ can handle it, as long as they have mature concepts of life, de... Continue reading

What's the story?

LEGACIES, an installment of The Vampire Diaries franchise, features a new generation of supernatural students at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the daughter of the infamous vampire-werewolf Klaus Mikaelson, attends the school in Mystic Falls along with folks like teacher and hunter Alaric Saltzman's (Matthew Davis) daughters, fraternal twin witches Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie (Kaylee Bryant), and a vampire known as MG (Quincy Fouse). Also joining them are newcomers Rafael Waithe (Peyton Alex Smith) and Landon Kirby (Aria Shahghasemi). As the teens learn ancient magic and folklore, they also deal with typical coming-of-age pressures, especially when it comes to falling in love. Their emotions run deep, but they work to suppress their natural instincts to bite, attack, or perform black magic while keeping who they are a secret in order to stay safe. But there comes a time where they each must choose who they want to be, and how they'll contribute to the world around them. 

Is it any good?

This dramatic supernatural spin-off features all the edgy drama and teen-oriented angst L.J. Smith's original story world is known for. Like The Vampire Diaries and its sister series, The Originals, it focuses on the internal struggles of the characters, who are constantly negotiating between wanting to live happily as nonhuman creatures, and having to change their behavior in order to live among people who consider what they are to be terrifying and evil. Adding to this challenge, they maintain complicated friendships, betrayals, and romantic entanglements. 

Some of the stories pick up threads from the earlier series, making the show feel like a natural progression of The Vampire Diaries universe (which will certainly please diehard franchise fans). But Legacies also offers a slew of new characters played by up-and-coming actors, and storylines for a new generation of viewers to sink their teeth into. It's not for everyone, but if you like the combination of magic, horror, and the agonies of high school, chances are that this will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of supernatural-themed shows and movies. What is it that makes them entertaining? Is it the ability to perform magic? The adventures that transpire? 

  • Spin-offs like Legacies usually rely (to some extent) on their parent series' stories to attract audiences. But can a spin-off be completely different from the original show and still work? 

  • Do supernatural or horror-themed shows have to show violence to be entertaining, suspenseful, or scary? Check out some of these options for some fun scary alternatives.

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