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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Compelling Pretty Little Liars spin-off is darker.

TV Freeform Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

A little creepy but better than Pretty Little Liars

Not a bad show, think it had some potential. A little bit creepy but much better than pretty little liars for young children, although unfortunately it is more enjoyable if you understand a bit of the history of the main character which would require watching petty little liars.

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Too much violence
age 13+

Pretty demonic, honestly...

As an adult, I love the show. However, it has a lot of occult and esoteric subject matter, i.e., curses, deals with the devil (I wish I was joking), communication with the dead, murder, ghosts, lucid dreaming, etc. I wouldn't want to let my child see that unless she (or he) was already a Pretty Little Liars fan. I don't watch any scary movies at all, but Ravenswood totally scares me. The show isn't as good as Pretty Little Liars as far as plot and complexity. It takes risks, for example, one of the main characters dies in the very first episode. For the remainder of the series, she is a ghost. The characters aren't necessarily role models. Rather, the show is about how a few very unlucky kids are dealing with their problems...likely no problems your child will ever experience, though. I think its brilliant that shows are taking this turn. Instead of teaching children how they "should be," they are teaching children that everyone has problems, and that's okay, and you simply need to solve your problems with as much integrity and perseverance as you that, and you'll find success. To me, that is the ideal role model for a child.

Is It Any Good?

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Eerie, sinister RAVENSWOOD is a proper extension of the teen thriller Pretty Little Liars, and creators definitely knew what they were doing when they tapped Caleb's character to be the linchpin...not to mention its comely poster boy. His serpentine demeanor suits the goth-style series perfectly, and his sardonic charm never fails to lighten even the heaviest mood. Despite being a newcomer to Ravenswood, he immediately makes friends (plus a few enemies), which sets off a chain of events that throw him and Miranda into a brand-new mystery teens will love. Also, for those who might worry that this spells the end of Caleb's ties to neighboring Rosewood and the Liars, crossover content and characters imply this won't be the case.

As to whether Ravenswood is suitable for your teens, it's all about knowing their sensitivities, since this show is noticeably darker than Liars in both its setting and its tone. Then there's the added element of a fatal curse and a visible, haunting ghost who often startles the audience and spells doom for the characters at every turn. Most teens today likely can handle these kinds of scares, but if your younger ones are on the fence, give it some careful consideration before letting them watch.

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