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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Marais is a town full of secrets and back-biting. Some people, like Abby and Alec, are trying to do the right thing -- but life doesn't make it easy.
Positive Role Models
Many in the town are untrustworthy and violent, with hidden agendas at work. Alec chooses to continue getting to the bottom of what's making everyone in town sick, despite being fired by his duplicitous boss, Avery Sutherland. Several female characters are shown in leadership positions, including Abby -- an intelligent scientist in town on behalf of the CDC -- and Jennifer Beals, who portrays the no-nonsense Sheriff of Marais, Lucilia Cable.
Violence & Scariness
A man's head is impaled with a large fishing spear. Lots of "body horror" type gross-outs and violence (think Alien and The Thing, but with more mud). People's bodies explode and spray goo everywhere, little kids cough up black swamp ooze. A character is shot and his boat is blown up, he's left for dead.
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Occasional use of swearing and obscenities, including "hell," "damn," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to a character's past problems with alcohol; scenes of people drinking and smoking at bars. Abby and Alex use bourbon to relax after a stressful experience.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swamp Thing is a DC comics-based series that blends elements of horror, sci-fi, and suspense. There's a lot of gory, gloopy violence: dead bodies splitting open to reveal guts and vines moving inside; a man's head is impaled with a fishing spear. Someone is shot; a character's boat is blown up with explosives. The titular character (who is technically one of the "good guys" despite his frightening, moss-covered appearance) can do things like rip people apart with his bare hands. Obscenities include a few "f-bombs" thrown in here and there.
Is It Any Good?
Combine a solid cast with a classic "misunderstood monster" storyline, add in a great blend of practical and CGI effects, and you've got a show that proves you can do true horror on a TV budget. Swamp Thing is smart to keep its titular hero from being too overexposed early in the series, which amps up the curiosity factor and makes the creature that much more impressive when you finally see him in all his glory, dripping mud and kicking the butts of evil-doers in a confused and tormented rage. There may be too many slimy tentacles and dismemberments here for kids, but viewers with a stomach for "body horror" who love a good Southern Gothic suspense tale will find much to enjoy.
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