A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a fictional world in which witches are an important part of the U.S. military, and have served the country for centuries. The drafting of witches is controversial. Female empowerment, friendship, loyalty, teamwork, and related themes are present.
Positive Role Models
Raelle, Tally, and Abigail are strong women, and are very powerful when working together. One of them is troubled and doesn't always behave according to the rules.
Violence & Scariness
Disturbing scenes of mass suicides are featured. Occasionally bruises and bloody injuries are shown. Conversations about fighting and killing are frequent, and the death of a parent is discussed. A character often lights her face on fire, but it does not her cause harm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexuality includes brief scenes of people engaging in sexual acts (no nudity is shown). Virginity is discussed.
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The word "s--t" is frequently incorporated into military jargon.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional consumption of natural herbs with properties that heal, give mystical powers, or do damage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Motherland: Fort Salem is a dramatic series about witches who serve in a unique military force. Violence includes scenes of women engaged in physical combat, people lighting themselves on fire (but no damage), and disturbing (and occasionally bloody) scenes of mass suicides. Cursing is frequent, especially "s--t," and there is some sexual content, including brief scenes of sexual activity (but no nudity). Suicide is addressed as well. Teens may be drawn to the interesting premise, but it may be too mature for some of them.
Is It Any Good?
This dark series creates an alternative universe in which a powerful matriarchy is fighting at the front lines to defend the United States. It features lots of predictable drama, ranging from personality clashes to strong sexual tensions between characters. The attempt to rewrite American history from the witch's point of view isn't very nuanced, either. But the lack of a male voice throughout the show is unique, and the mystic training and combat style of the witch military force is what makes it fun. If you like this sort of entertainment, Motherland: Fort Salem is worth tuning into.
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