A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong family bonds, especially between guardians and children, are represented.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed and capable of extreme violence, but are fiercely protective of those they care for. They also show bravery and persevere in the face of difficult situations.
Violence & Scariness
Children die from sickness and accidents, mostly off-screen. Characters are killed in extremely graphic fashion. Lots of blood and gore, including a character being impaled and another having an eyelid torn off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Androids give birth via bizarre, sci-fi technology, including tubes tethering their bodies to exterior containers holding embryos. A nude woman is shown as well as a man from behind while they are having sex.
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Conflicting characters frequently have harsh words for each other, but no official profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are given medicine to treat illnesses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Raised by Wolves is a dark, dystopian science fiction series aimed at a mature audience. The show takes place in a future where androids give birth to human babies via a bizarre, somewhat disturbing, process involving the A.I. mother being connected -- via tubes inserted into her torso -- to external, goo-filled receptacles holding the unborn babies. The series explores strong, if unconventional, themes about the bonds between children and their guardians. Religion and faith is also heavily examined through the lens of a war between human believers and android atheists.
Young children succumb to illnesses and die, and another falls to her death (off-screen) into a gaping pit. Extreme, graphic violence, including characters being reduced to blood and viscera, is depicted. Androids, which "bleed" a gooey, white substance from their mouths, are frequently injured, including an impaling. A human has one of his eyelids violently removed. Androids engage in brutal, physical violence and use lethal, super power-like abilities, such as one that gruesomely mutates human faces.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its strong ties to dystopian and science fiction storytelling, the absorbing this action-drama rseries arely relies on the cliches that typically define those genres. Like so many series that unfold among the stars, Raised by Wolves contains a central conflict, but it's no clear-cut, good-versus-evil squabble settled by swaggering space cowboys or epic space battles. A barely-surviving population of human, God-fearing refugees are at war with advanced, atheist androids, but the focus is on the children who'll shape the future. The layered, sometimes complex, narrative -- supported by strong characterizations of androids possessing both robotic and human traits -- explores both the unconventional relationship between the children and their A.I. guardians, as well as the ramifications of swaying young minds against religion.
It can be a heady, often trippy watch, one that frequently surprises, occasionally confuses, and always leaves you pondering its more bizarre narrative beats long after each episodes' credits roll. And, while it weaves one of the most imaginative yarns the genre's seen in years, it's not without its share of thrills and palate-cleansing action. When not caring for her human charges, female android, Mother, might perform amateur surgery on her partner or reduce her adversaries to literal bloody ribbons. Raised by Wolves might be light on traditional action, but it's not shy about churning stomachs when it does let loose. If you're in the mood for a cerebral, futuristic tale that steers clear of formulaic, familiar territory, while also serving up a side of gore that could make a slasher flick blush, Raised by Wolves just might provide your next sci-fi fix.
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