Parents' Guide to

Mayfair Witches

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Spooky, sexy Anne Rice spin-off series is too plot-heavy.

TV AMC Drama 2023
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Uncomfortable connections

This show has potential but misses the mark. Episode 1 deals with past and present. The main character is adopted and hidden from being a witch and her parents who are witches. It also explores the past when her mother and a mysterious man meet at a party thrown by her uncle followed by them quickly having sex to her being pregnant, then having the baby which is the main character. Episode 2 dives more into the witch aspect but makes less sense than the first. It begins with backstory from Scotland with women gathering ingredients in fields and woods including a sex act to extract a body fluid. The main character in the picture is connected with her mother who is connected with the man. The three are connected during a sex act even with the main character on a plane and the other two on land. Then the mother finds her daughter through the eyes of the man in the daughter's hotel room and stops him before he puts his hand on her while she's in the shower. It is weird with incestuous tendencies. There is no nudity but it is clear what is happening. Definitely not a family show.
age 17+

Graphic sex scenes not suitable for children and teens

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This series tends to fail in all the ways that its Rice-based predecessor succeeds. AMC's excellent Interview with a Vampire was a fun surprise. But instead of Vampire's rich, complex characterizations, Mayfair Witches focuses on plot, which mostly consists of slowly unraveling the conspiracy behind its lead character's family history. But most viewers will get ahead of the backstory pretty quickly, making the weighty exposition feel excrutiatingly drawn-out. Without characters to connect with, this time the magic falls flat.

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