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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Focus on being brave, persevering, and surviving in dangerous situations. Strong bonds between family members, including parents and children, and between siblings.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed, but often brave and heroic. Family members look out for and protect each other, even if they otherwise don't get along.
Main protagonist is a flawed, but brave and heroic Black woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of blood, violence, and gore. Humans are graphically attacked and killed by zombies. Guns are used against zombies and people. Scenes of blood being injected and drawn are frequent. Tests are performed on animals. A teen is bullied multiple times, leading to two girls physically fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Shirtless males are shown playing basketball. Teen girls refer to them as "hot" and "cute."
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The "F" word and variations of it, including the middle finger, are used frequently, often by teens. "S--t," a--hole," "bitch," "tit," "whore," and "jerk off" are also used.
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Products & Purchases
The series is based on a long-running franchise that includes video games, films, other TV series, and merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to stealing "beer" and using heroin by teens. Injected needles are featured frequently in medical and lab scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil is a mature horror series about a zombie outbreak. It contains plenty of violence, blood, and gore, usually involving grotesque zombies and other monstrous creatures aggressively attacking and killing humans. Guns and fire are used to destroy the creatures. A scene also depicts a settlement of unarmed, unsuspecting humans slaughtered by gunmen. Lab tests are performed on animals, turning them into monsters. Scenes with needles injecting and drawing blood are frequent. Language includes frequent use of "f--k," as well as instances of "s--t," a--hole," "bitch," "tit," "whore," and "jerk off." The middle finger gesture is also used. Teens make jokes about stealing beer and using heroine. Teen girls talk about shirtless males being "hot" and "cute." A girl is bullied at school, leading to a physical fight between two teen girls.
Is It Any Good?
The prolific zombie trend's latest entry, Resident Evil, generally puts a fresh spin on the tired formula, but still relies a bit too heavily on familiar, brain-craving tropes.The enormous popularity of The Walking Dead has seen the zombie sub-genre spread like, well, a flesh-eating virus, which is both good and bad news. This show's present day timeline smartly peels back the curtain on evil pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation and its lead scientist, Albert Wesker. Wesker and Umbrella are often reduced to one-note baddies in the Resident Evil games, but the series digs deep into the former's evil deeds and presents the latter -- richly performed by Reddick -- as a complex, layered character, whose motives are maybe more morally grey than outright sinister. The fact he's also presented as a caring, albeit distracted, dad to a pair of troubled teen daughters further adds to his nuanced take on the character. The series doesn't hold up quite as well in 2036, however, where his daughter Jade, now an adult researcher, finds herself battling both Umbrella and the brain-hungry hordes. The future narrative isn't bad, and actually features some of the show's best action scenes, but it too often feels like familiar, undead-apocalypse fare. Overall, Resident Evil does right by the games it's based on, offering a far more engaging take than the franchise's many films, but it still doesn't go far enough to evolve a sub-genre that's beginning to feel as fresh as a rotting corpse.
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