The Nine Lives of Chloe King
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Teen drama models positive relationships, but violence too.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers see Chloe cope with life-changing circumstances by turning to her friends and family for support and relying on her strong value system to help guide her on the right path. Themes like self-confidence and civic duty are central to the series, and the concept of individuality is cast in a positive light as those around Chloe help her understand the benefits of her new identity. Teen rebellion is limited to scenarios like sneaking into a bar, but repercussions are few.
Positive Role Models
Chloe is an exceptional modern-day superhero who uses her powers to help others. She seeks out and fosters meaningful relationships with people and tries to maintain a wholesome teen existence in spite of her special circumstances. She confides in her mother, who is receptive to her problems and helps her work through them in mature, responsible ways.
Violence & Scariness
Multiple exchanges in each episode feature guns and other weapons, fist fights, and martial arts-style violence. Chloe's pursuers aim to kill her, and in some cases complete the task by throwing her off buildings, etc., though her powers bring her back to life. Some scenes show corpses bleeding, and murder is a common theme of discussion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirting among teens, some kissing, discussions about making out, references to teen pregnancy, name-calling like "slutty," and innuendo like "I touched your ball." On the plus side, the show's two prominent teen relationships are good models of responsible dating, with both partners showing respect and honest affection for the other and no pressure to expedite a physical relationship.
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Use of words like "ass" and "pissed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drug use and drug addiction, but nothing is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this well-rounded drama series inspired by Egyptian mythology is a great choice for teens and parents to enjoy together. The story's intrigue and suspense will appeal to this older set, and what violence exists (fist fights, gun use, and murder in various forms) generally isn't gruesome and remains age-appropriate. The show's real strength is in the depth of its characters and the relationships between them, offering viewers plenty to discuss. Be sure to draw teens' attention to the unobtrusive messages about self-image and finding strength in individuality, as well as the show's attempts to portray teen relationships in a positive light.
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What's the Story?
With her 16th birthday on the horizon, Chloe King (Skyler Samuels) is looking forward to a traditional celebration with her adoptive mom (Amy Pietz) and two best friends, Amy (Grace Phipps) and Paul (Hi Kong Lee), but plans change when she notices some odd changes taking place as the big day nears. Incredibly, she learns that her new superhuman abilities are characteristics of the Mai, an ancient clan said to be descended from an Egyptian goddess. And, even more than just being one of the Mai, Chloe is actually a prophesied peacemaker who will be the savior of her race. Between learning the truth about her heritage from fellow Mai Alek (Benjamin Stone) and Jasmine (Alyssa Diaz) and trying to safeguard her nine lives from human assassins who want her dead, Chloe attempts to foster a relationship with a charming new boyfriend, Brian (Grey Damon), who's also a part of the bigger picture.
Is It Any Good?
THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING is as much a tale of destiny and human relationships as it is an entertaining blend of suspense, drama, and a modern-day take on Egyptian mythology. Each relationship within the story is multi-faceted, from the complex uncertainties between Brian and his father to the emotional connection shared by Chloe and her adoptive mother, who just might be harboring secrets of her own. Chloe's struggles to relate her new sense of destiny with the life she's always known also offer a jumping-off point for parents and teens to talk about personal goals as well as healthy relationships.
This show is a fun way to introduce your teens to the subject of mythology, perhaps inspiring their interest -– and your own -– in the subject. Overall, the characters model responsible teen relationships, sex is more a point of discussion than of action, and Chloe and her mom share an admirable bond that encourages honest communication. The show does center on villains' attempts to kill a heroine nine times over, so violence is an issue, but what exists suits the content and won't affect teens. Add to that some good vibes about finding strength in the qualities that make you different, and you've got a well-rounded show that's lots of fun for parents and teens to enjoy together.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how teen relationships are portrayed in this series. Are they realistic representations of how teens relate to each other romantically? Do they seem to reinforce or challenge any stereotypes about teens?
Talk about the violence in this series. Where does the show draw the line when it comes to showing violence? Do you think it could go farther and make more of an impact? Or is it too much already?
- Premiere date: June 14, 2011
- Cast: Benjamin Stone, Grey Damon, Skyler Samuels
- Network: Freeform
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Communication
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: April 28, 2023
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