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(out of 7 reviews)
age 16+
 
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Parent of a 3 and 10 year old Written bySteffauri516 November 13, 2013
age 14+
 

Rather Disappointing; rife with inaccuracy

...The title of the review about sums it up. Reign is a show that [very, very, very ,very, VERY] loosely chronicles the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots with a supernatural twist. There is quite a lot of sex and sex appeal present in the show; nothing extremely lewd or graphically shown in nature, but frankly, it’s not the sex, violence or language that concerns me the most. And I’m sure that for those who have watched the show already, you know exactly where I’m going with this... Now when I first saw previews of this show prior to its release, I was excited. I love history. And I find royal history particularly intriguing, being an illustrator and designer. Historical clothing is one of my niches; and I've studied it in-depth for years. And after watching the first few episodes of Reign, all I have to say is wow, was this costume designer sketching up concepts for the show while thumbing through a Vogue magazine?! Obviously, every form of media, the producer of the content, be it literary, via TV, film, etc. that dapples in historical fiction, or even the retelling of true historical events has a lot on their plate, and a lot expected of them as far as accurately portraying the clothing, events, accents, dialects, architecture, etc. of the period. And I must say, Reign falls painfully short. As I said, all media forms are subject to taking creative liberties; we've seen inaccuracy in plenty of historical films and dramas; The Tudors, The Other Boleyn Girl, Borgia, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Marie Antoinette and more. But what sets these productions apart from Reign, is that you can tell that the producers have done SOME research as far as basic construction and layout of historical clothing, and for the most part, the creative liberties taken are rather slight in comparison to the purely modern clothing used in Reign. But then there's Reign: or what I like to call, "Ye Olde Beverly Hills." Young ladies of court walking around in sleeveless, shoulderless, low-cut dresses, strapped high heels, mini cardigans and long sleeved tee shirts over skirts? I'm sorry, what? The closest they come to devling into the 16th century is a Victorian corset that one woman is seen wearing while undressing. [And even THAT’S a pretty big stretch!] Probably what bothers me the most about Reign is that it has taken a wonderful opportunity to get younger audiences [the series is aimed at teens] engaged in and enthused about mostly ACCURATE history, and totally misses the mark. If you ever visit their Facebook page and read some of the comments by fans, young and old, a lot of them agree, there are major inaccuracies, but there are even more who adore the show for what it is, and some, that don't believe the outfit choices are incorrect! The shortest, and yet most fitting comment I found to describe this series is: “Gossip Girl in corsets.” I think that Reign feels too inconsistent and all over the place as far as their clothing choices are concerned. In the promo image they used before the series’ release, the trio of main characters is shown wearing clothing that looked more like storybook royalty, as opposed to true historical royals, but, it was MILES ahead of what was to come. Now, this more storybook feel of the court’s clothing continued for part of the first few episodes, and then randomly, we get girls running around looking like they’re gearing up for their high school prom! It’s as if the creators just arbitrarily insert whatever they feel like, whenever they feel like, as opposed to easing us into new concepts / their ideas, and it doesn’t work. The most painful part of this though, is that Reign has a decent story. For a stickler like me though, I just can’t see that far past the inaccuracies to thuroughly enjoy the show. For those of you who don’t care about those details though, Reign is a fairly decent show; I’d rate it on for teens 14 to 15 and older. As I said, there is some sex, language and violence, but of course, since it airs unabridged on TV, there isn’t anything extremely graphic in nature.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent Written bycmaine December 8, 2013
age 13+
 

A Great Show for mature viewers

This show is a great, and entertaining drama for older children to watch. My 15 year old is obsessed with the show, and my 13 year old is allowed to watch as well. I keep my 9 year old away from it as it does have a few mildly violent scenes and one or two sex scenes. Also, kids that young won't appreciate the show. Kids won't have interest in the show if they aren't at the right maturity level. Its a great show and my daughter loves it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 9, 11, and 11 year old Written bykrystalh January 6, 2015
age 18+
 

ENOUGH WITH YOUR POSTS ABOUT IT NOT BEING HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!!!!!

First off to every one else... the show never said that it would be historically accurate EVER! I'm annoyed to read everyone saying that its a bad show because it's not accurate, well guess what, no one who had anything to do with the production of this show EVER said it would be. The show is great, I really enjoy it. While I'm 23 and the stepmother of two twin boys who are 11 and a girl who is 9, I would never let them watch it only because of the amount of sexual advances and actual sex in the show. Unlike most people who have written reviews, I have watched the ENTIRE first season and have to say that this show is extremely creative and has so many twists and different plots, definitely worth watching.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written bycallier1 October 9, 2014
age 18+
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byBrij1234 July 21, 2015
age 18+
 

Episode 1 is really porny to me

The first episode has a sex scene that the other characters spy on that lasts forever it felt like 15 minutes or something. Complete with noise and outlines of their shadows. Then there's a masturbation scene. I hate shows as sexual as this.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byJessikinha April 2, 2015
age 15+
 

Appropriate for Older Teens.

I love the fact that this show sparked a lot of interest for me towards history and different eras. I completely understand that this particular drama is based, but not remotely accurate in terms of the history of the roles they represent. However, it is a drama. It is television. It is not aired for an audience wanting to educate themselves on the era, but rather get a feel for how different their world was to ours and how their struggles are very different yet very much the same. It is an opportunity to connect with different ideas. And I MUST note - Mary's character is absolutely brilliant. She is a TOUGH unconventional woman with strong opinions and fearless attitude. She is a stronger personality then Francis and won't back down to anyone, yet knows how to hold her tongue when the time calls. Though there is talk of sex, and the show does explore sexual desires and infidelity - I personally don't feel its represented in a distasteful manner nor does it promote wrong doings - if fact it often shows that there are always consequences for your wrongs and how you live with your bad choices until you confront them straight on and seek forgiveness.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models