A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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