TV review by Edie Nugent, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

A paranornal romance heavy on style, light on substance.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 117 reviews

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age 17+

Disturbing and sexual. most reviews people have not seen the whole show

Most of the reviews on here seem to be kids pretending to be adults, people who are wanting to save show/compare to book or people who have only seen first few episodes. After episode 5 it gets extremely bad. Common sense media seem to only review first few episodes . Their is constant sex scenes throughout the show. More in season 1 as try to draw more people in. That can be very graphic and sexual. Including 1 abusive rape scene. Lots of gore and torture throughout the show. Was very shocked as was expecting it to be like a marvel or lord of the rings type of gore. But was much worse, more like a deadpool or underworld movie but less comic book style and more realistic. With people hearts and limbs getting ripped or cut off. Burning. And teeth getting pulled out. People get punched to death aswell as sword fights. This show is completely different to the books. I showed my 16 year old this, as we are both fans of the books. after few episodes decided not to let her see anymore. Their is also incest. And abusive parents that could be upset for some people. Drugs also take a big part in this show and shows the side effects. Their are a few characters who get drunk whenever their slightly upset or angry constantly.Characters also get drunk lots. This show is also to do with vampires and at times can be very gory when they drain humans, as don't cut away, but shows the blood and closeups of the pain on the humans face. This show is not the best. If you do have a teen wanting to watch this Show them the movie instead. Wish I had not made the mistake. As a parent can be hard to tell from first few episodes, and reviews on here. I have seen the full show, not just first few episodes. As episodes go on the darker and more violent it gets. Hopefully this review will be helpful to some parents.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 14+


I watched this show without bothering to watch the movie or read the books. On its own, it is a brilliant show! I loved it, and there wasn't an episode I didn't like! However, i did read a bit of the books AFTER watching the show, and can see why a lot of the original fans didn't like it. If you haven't read the books and don't plan to, then I would reccomend this show as a must-watch!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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