A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Popularity is compared to Darwinism: "The weak are outed and then eaten." As in most horror dramas, glamorizes violence and death (and most on-screen violence happens to young, attractive women). A killer's rage is explained by his having a disfiguring genetic disorder.
Positive Role Models
Characters are largely horror-movie tropes: the mean cool girl, the artsy lesbian. But some are studious, serious, and largely responsible.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme gory violence not limited to decapitations, a throat slashing, stabbings, death by crushing and other graphic means. Blood and gore appear at great length; menace amped up by camera angles and music.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, flirting, dating, references to sex. Female characters shown at length in bikinis and other revealing outfits. A teacher and a high school student have an affair.
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"Screw them," "that sucks," "ass," "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Logos and screenshots from an online service resembling Twitter are shown as teens pass around a naughty video starring a classmate; teens seem to be forever using their phones. The names of real TV shows and movies bandied about.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink liquor and beer at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scream is based on the 1990s horror movie series of the same name. It has a similarly dark tone and subject matter: A murderer stalks and kills high school students. Extreme graphic violence includes very gory deaths: stabbings, a throat slashing, and a decapitation. Often, the targets of this violence are young, attractive women in revealing costumes; menace is amped up with music and camera angles. Sexual content and references include same- and opposite-sex kissing, dating, flirting, and references to "getting laid." A high school student and a teacher have an affair. High school students have a party when a parent is out of town and drink liquor and beer.
Is It Any Good?
With graphic violence and the "pick 'em off one by one" plot device borrowed from the original Scream, let's just say most parents would probably prefer their grade schoolers and tweens to skip this one. That's not to say it's terrible -- actually, Scream-the-show is pretty scary and does a decent job of giving its characters some meat, essential to any horror drama. If you don't care about the characters, it's not scary, and Scream takes its time getting to know its cast. That said, many of them are tropes: the bad girl, the good girl, the jock, the nerd. We've seen these characters before, and given that the setup isn't exactly fresh, the whole enterprise may be doomed. It's particularly galling that most of the violence centers on young girls, with a male villain stalking them.
However, there's a bit of smart writing here. The advent of cell phones really messed up a lot of horror plots; now that it's tough to realistically strand your characters somewhere with no help, it's a lot harder to scare the audience. So Scream gets points for integrating smartphones and social media into its plot. Horror-movie fans may want to give this one a look, but parents will definitely want to watch first to make sure sensitive teens won't get too freaked out.
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