Midnight, Texas

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Violence, sexy stuff in fun show about supernatural misfits.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

Not yet rated

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

In the tiny Texas town of Midnight, misfits find support and solace in banding together. "Usually I'm the freak in the room," says Manfred in the show's pilot, remarking on the welcoming atmosphere. On the other hand, these otherworldly residents often solve problems with force, rather than reason, or even trickery. 

Positive role models & representations

Manfred treats both the living and the dead with dignity, and tries to help when he sees a problem or someone in pain. Other characters are more complex: Lemuel, for example, is a vampire who kills, but only "bad guys" who "deserve it." 

Violence

Violence may be particularly disturbing to young/sensitive viewers, with dead, gory bodies opening their eyes, speaking, sometimes even attacking various characters. Manfred sees and speaks to dead people, including his ghostly white grandmother, who has spooky gray eyes, and dead people who relive their violent deaths, shrieking, getting shot. One main character is a hired killer; we see characters suddenly dispatched with knives, arrows, and guns, and by vampire bite. There are fistfights, mortal threats, an undead drowned woman who gurgles when she tries to speak, many more nightmarish visuals. 

Sex

Most of the main characters are single and hot. Expect flirting, dating, kissing, and unusual sexual practices, such as a moment in the pilot when a woman removes her clothes (no private parts are seen) and sits on the lap of a naked vampire and moans ecstatically. It's not clear what they're doing. But it's clearly sexual. There are also jokes about and references to sex: "Why don't you just jump him already?" 

Language

Cursing: "hell," "damn," and "bitch." 

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Expect adults to drink alcohol at parties and dinners. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Midnight, Texas is a drama about a small town with a lot of supernatural residents and strange goings-on. Violence is within scary-network-show norms, but may be particularly intense for young/sensitive viewers. Main character Manfred sees and communicates with dead people -- he sees them with the injuries they had at the moment of death; they may be ghostly white or gray with dark, unnatural eyes. Sometimes dead bodies do things like suddenly turning their heads and opening their eyes. Manfred also hears ghostly memories: gunshots, people threatening each other. Another character is a vampire and sucks blood from humans and kills them; still another is a werewolf, and another a witch -- expect supernatural deaths and attacks. Oh, and still another character is a hired killer. Expect sexy stuff, too, including flirting, dating, kissing, jokes about and references to sex. Cursing is mild: the occasional "hell" or "damn," and a couple of women call another woman a "bitch." 

User Reviews

Educator Written bychrisman28 July 29, 2017

not bad so far

I just watched the premeire 0f this show and I will admit that I was pretty happy with the outcome I enjoyed the action and heart story proves you never know yo... Continue reading
Adult Written byeinat162 E. September 5, 2017

The show feels "Flat" to me. No the spame spark Grimm had at first (also by NBC)

This show feels "flat" to me, and I'm not saying this after reading the books (since I didn't). Not the same spark Grimm had on first coupl... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Ghosts aren't real, vampires don't exist, and psychics don't really have powers. That's what everybody who lives near -- but not in -- MIDNIGHT, TEXAS keeps telling themselves. But as evidence mounts that there's something very strange going on in this backwater town, it's getting harder to believe. New "Midnighter" Manfred (François Arnaud) is a man on the run, hiding from a powerful enemy who wants something from him, even while he can't hide from his own visions of living dead people. His new landlord, Bobo (Dylan Bruce), has a problem of his own -- his fiancé, Aubrey (Shannon Lorance), walked out on him recently and hasn't been seen since. Before he knows it, Manfred's embroiled in local politics. And since Midnight's most prominent citizens include vampire Lemuel Bridger (Peter Mensah), practicing Wiccan Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), and human with a dark past Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), it's safe to say that Midnight's goings-on are a little more exciting than in your average small town. 

Is it any good?

Zippy, silly, and fun, this drama operates in the unhinged True Blood mode -- which makes sense, since Charlaine Harris authored both of these book series turned TV shows. NBC is clearly hoping lightning will strike twice with Harris's creations, and for the most part, it has. Like True Blood, Midnight, Texas deftly weaves realistic conflicts -- fitting in, romance, finding suitable work -- into far-out fantasy plots. Just how did a vampire, a psychic, a witch, a werewolf, some kind of winged angel, and a bunch of other assorted creatures of the night find their way to this tiny Texas burg where the veil is thin between the living and the dead? Is the town drawing them to itself? For what purpose? What's the end game here? 

While that big question hangs in the air, viewers will be pleasantly entertained by a multitude of side stories: romances and dark power-hungry plots and mysterious pasts -- that sort of thing -- all enlivened by spooky gardens, terrified local teenagers who dare each other to walk up Midnight's country roads after dark, Ouija boards, pentagrams, cats who talk, and ghosts who turn into pillars of smoke. The show seldom stops to explain how any of this could be, and you won't care anyway. Just sit back, take in the high horror-gothic drama, and enjoy this fresh guilty pleasure. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why supernatural storylines are a staple of TV shows like Midnight, Texas. Why do networks like making these shows, and why do viewers like watching them? What are some of the most popular you know? What about them interests or reaches so many people? 

  • Ensemble dramas, with multiple characters and storylines, offer a lot of dramatic possibilities for TV shows, which, after all, must spin out stories for weeks, months, even years. How can you tell which character on a show is a main character? How can you tell what character to pay attention to at any given time? How do TV shows communicate what's important in a storyline? 

  • Midnight, Texas is a show with a lot of violence: deaths, characters appearing after death, mortal threats. What's the impact of media violence on kids? Is it OK to allow children to watch violent shows if they enjoy them? 

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For kids who love mystery TV

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