Parents' Guide to

Teen Wolf

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Monsters + forbidden love = guilty pleasure for teens.

TV MTV Drama 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 62 parent reviews

age 13+

Very good show, fairly gory and violent with some sexual scenes, but nothing explicit. Some topics need to be discussed if your child is watching it. HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THIS SHOW!

I tried to include specific scenes that may be of concern rather than just a general rating. Teen Wolf is a lovely show. It deals with important topics and has a fascinating plot. The main characters care about one another and have great bonds of friendship and there are good role models shown. However, there are a few things to know. VIOLENCE: There is a fair amount of gore and violence: Bodies are cut in half, there are guns, knives, crossbows, and other weapons. Characters are hung by their wrists, characters are sacrificed, characters transform into supernatural things, characters are "hunted", characters are kidnapped and tortured (with electrical shocks), two young children are nearly killed, bloody bodies are found, a character throws up blood, a hand comes up the drain and grabs a girls ankle, a bloody wound is stitched up, hands are shown trying to escape a burning house while screams are heard, a burn victim is shown, characters attempt to go on a killing rampage, and it is generally scary/ gory. Characters try to kill one another, and there are dark themes such as suicide, insanity, death, and coping with death. SEXUAL CONTENT: In terms of sexual scenes there is the following: Several innuendos, a girl is seen topless from the back deeply kissing someone, two people discuss hooking up and one goes to get a condom, a mother finds condoms in her sons room, two adults are seen in bed, two men are seen in bed topless, various couples make out, a girl jokes about "sucking" on her boyfriends behalf, a girl mentions needing condoms for a date, virginity/ "first time" is discussed, two main characters are implied to be sexually active, a woman talks abut hooking up in the past and puts her mouth on man's crotch, a boy offers to have sex with another boy when asked, two girls plan on hooking up before they are interrupted, a boy jokes to a girl that he's "seen her naked before" and a boy gets an erection from being behind a girl in a closet. However, no actual sex or nudity is shown. This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that there are six seasons, and long episodes per season, so it doesn't feel like its a lot when watching the show. IMPORTANT TOPICS: There is drinking frequently shown at various parties. Adult characters are willing to kill teenagers and are bad role models. There is some language, about the same amount as a PG-13 movie. A girl is traumatized and the effects are frequently shown. A boy has to talk his friend out of suicide. Teens frequently break the law to keep friends and family safe. The two main characters kidnap someone. CONCLUSION: In all, there is violence/gore/scariness present, but it's not too much to handle. The mature scenes are nothing more than a teenager would experience in real life. Sheltering a teen from these kinds of things doesn't help hem make smart choices, so this may even be a good start to a conversation about deeper topics like suicide, responsible consumption of alcohol, safe sex, boundaries in relationships, when it is okay to do something wrong to protect someone, moral ideas, and so much more. I would suggest discussing some of the content of the show with your child and talking about what you are okay with them watching, and your reasoning behind that. Why do you feel that this is/is not suitable for your X-year-old-child. Do they feel the same way? That is a conversation that is important to have WITH YOUR CHILD. Their input is important. I personally believe that there is no reason a mature 13-year-old couldn't watch this show if they were comfortable with it.
age 18+

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (62 ):
Kids say (242 ):

At times dark and suspenseful, this isn't a show for young kids or tweens who are sensitive to the concept of monsters striking close to home. Most of the violence in Teen Wolf is implied, but overall the series remains thrilling and engaging.

The show is inspired not only by the 1980s movie it shares a name with but also Twilight and other titles that sparked an appetite for mythological monsters and forbidden love. But it offers some substantial content alongside the teen angst. Scott's transformation is more than just a physical one: The change also boosts his popularity and turns him into the school's star athlete, which raises questions about the nature of social identity and self-esteem among teens. At its most basic, this story is one of underdog redemption, lending itself to discussions about heroes and the impact their personal flaws have on their right to that title.

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