Parents' Guide to

Salem

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Sex, violence, and witchcraft make for tantalizing drama.

TV WGN Drama 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

hooked!

age 18+

Turned on my TV early one evening...

...and thought HBO was on. There on the screen was a scene of a man behind a woman having intercourse. They were clothed, but it was obvious what was happening. My kids (13 and 16) were in the room and I quickly changed the channel so I can't speak to the quality of the story but I was highly disappointed that WGN was airing this. Not a family friendly show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Salem is a scintillating series that takes a slightly different approach to dramatizing the well-known happenings in the famous Massachusetts town. Rather than dwelling on the plausibility of witchcraft in this time and place, the show runs on the proclamation that the supernatural definitely was at play and redirects the mystery to the unveiling of the guilty parties and their motivations. As viewers, you're privy to this information almost immediately, so the hook is in watching the characters piece it together.

Salem marks WGN's first play at delivering a competitive scripted drama series, and it performs fairly well in that regard. With intriguing characters and a dark, tense storyline that embraces elements of horror and sci-fi along with some historical facts, it's easy to get drawn into this highly produced show. Montgomery in particular entrances as the cunning Mary Sibley forced to make the impossible choice because of the impossible circumstances of the time and place. That said, its graphic violence and explicit sexuality make it unsuitable for most teens, so proceed with caution when it comes to sharing it with your own.

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