The Gates



Supernatural drama has vampires but is no Twilight.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show suggests that even the most pleasant-seeming families can hide deep, dark secrets. The wealthy residents of an exclusive gated community are, below the surface, dangerous supernatural beasts who don’t always want to keep their impulses in check.

Positive role models

The main character is a police officer trying to prove himself in a new job after a scandal. His determination to find out the truth about the residents of The Gates is admirable, but it borders on obsession and sometimes prompts him to diverge from standard procedure. The Gates residents themselves have much to hide and tend to act more on impulse than not.


A few bloody encounters between vampires and victims. Characters are shown with blood smeared around their mouths. Other scenes feature wild and unnaturally strong werewolves who are barely able to control their animalistic impulses.


Some mild teen flirting. Married couples are shown in bed together sleeping. Some scenes show flirting leading to kissing and groping but quickly detour into violence.


Language includes words like "bitch.”

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this supernatural drama is filled with vampires, werewolves, and witches and all the accompanying drama surrounding their innate predatory natures and their desire to hide their secret identities. There are a few somewhat graphic attacks with a good bit of blood, as well as plenty of anguished attempts as the residents of The Gates try to keep their dangerous impulses in check. Expect a bit of language and social drinking. There's also some teen flirting, but this show is more sudsy soap than angsty Twilight.

What's the story?

Nick Monohan (Frank Grillo) is the new police chief at THE GATES, an exclusive community where everything seems perfect -- at least on the outside. But once inside the wall, he begins to suspect that the residents have some dark, supernatural secrets involving witchcraft, unbearable cravings for blood, and animalistic traits that come out when the moon is full. And just what happened to the handyman who was last seen talking to the wealthy and glamorous Claire Radcliff (Rhona Mitra)?

Is it any good?


The Gates is trying to ride the current wave of interest in all things related to vampires, werewolves, and the supernatural. It’s stylish, the characters are easy on the eyes, and it’s got all the right ingredients: a protagonist who’s got something to prove, rich people with something to hide, and several teens full of hormones and angst.

What it lacks is anything that sets it apart. There’s so much here that seems drawn from other movies and TV shows -- and so much that just doesn’t make sense. Really, who decided that vampires and werewolves should pal around? And is there really a cream the lets bloodsuckers go out in sunlight, or is that just a convenient plot device because it would be hard to film a whole series at night? So much of this series seems forced, and so little is fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the supernatural trend. Why are there so many movies, TV shows, and books about vampires and other supernatural beings these days? How does this series compare to some of the classics?

  • How does the violence in this show compare to other TV shows and movies about vampires?

  • Why do you think the residents of The Gates want to fit in with regular human society? Do you think they're able to pull it off?

TV details

Cast:Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols, Rhona Mitra
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byagent971113 October 6, 2011

I enjoyed the show very much so.

The life situations that occur on the show, mimick actual life events and also show the repercussions of such actions. Its interesting to see a paranormal televison show imploying actual life situations, with a bit of fiction involved. The premise of the show is enjoyable and quite addicting.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byRicky P July 4, 2010

Is It Any Good?

I read the section "Is It Any Good" and I must say that it is not as far fetched as you think. There are a lot of movies that have vampires and werewolves "paling around" together. Underworld (2003), Van Helsing (2004), to name a few. According to the movie Blade (1998), there is a cream. This is signified when Blade says to Deacon Frost, "Your mascara is running" when they both were standing in the park in broad daylight.
Kid, 12 years old June 21, 2010

You have to WANT to love it.

A good show. Although noone really knows it yet. The first episode was fascinating! I am going to keep watching at this point. I was thinking that it was going to be great and I was going to be hooked. If I hadnt preset my mind to think that, I may have been confused or bored. I was able to see them using vampires to get viewers. I am obsessed with Twilight, but I thought it was just to similar when I saw the first glimpse of a Werewolf.
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