A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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).
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo; lots of flirting, kissing, teenage relationships include casual sex (though it's not shown).
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"D--k," "ass," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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