A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Sanctuary is a mysterious organization that exists outside standard law enforcement channels, and though Dr. Zimmerman sometimes crosses paths with his former colleagues on the police force, he must keep his true activities and motives secret. The team sometimes deals with black market weapons brokers. The most dangerous creatures are locked up deep within the Sanctuary; some are willing to stay there for their own protection, while others pose a danger to society and are held against their will.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the abnormals are benign, but many are quite dangerous, and their attacks can be violent, deadly, and gory. Though the Sanctuary staff has no desire to hurt these creatures, they're often forced to subdue their quarry using stun-guns or darts with sleep-inducing drugs. Ashley is often heavily armed; she's quick with both lethal and non-lethal weapons and sometimes engages in martial arts combat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or sex, though there is some flirting between Will and Ashley.
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Products & Purchases
Job-recruiting Web site Monster.com is mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi show -- which began its life as a popular Web series -- assumes that monsters are very real and that they need to be tracked down and captured. That process often entails a fair bit of suspense and violence (often involving weapons and occasionally deadly), which could unsettle young viewers -- as could the sometimes-creepy monsters themselves. But on the whole, the series is on the tame side for older tweens and up: There's hardly anything in the way of sexual content, salty language, or drinking and drugs.
Is It Any Good?
The show combines a standard detective series with an X-Files-esque investigation into the paranormal -- along with a hint of 24, since the team must work secretly to save the world from dangerous monsters. There's a fair bit of violence, both when the beasts attack and when the Sanctuary team retaliates, using both lethal and non-lethal weapons. Dr. Magnus' daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), a martial arts expert who's comfortable with a variety of weapons, usually takes point on these missions.
Overall, Sanctuary is entertaining enough. It won't win prizes for originality, but it certainly offers sufficient diversion that viewers will want to learn more about the mysterious secrets that link Zimmerman and Dr. Magnus.
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