The Order

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining supernatural teen drama has violence, language.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Essentially a coming-of-age story, the show features college-age characters who are constantly testing their boundaries but ultimately learn to make ethical and moral decisions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gender stereotypes are common: young man drives the action/saves everyone; female lead spends most of her time assisting the men and/or being charmed by them; supporting female characters are often clichéd.

Violence

Many grisly murders take place. Violence often takes place offscreen, but aftermath is shown; lots of blood, dismemberment, etc.

Sex

Show mostly sticks to simple boy-girl relationship dynamics, though it does occasionally show (fully clothed) simulated sex.

Language

Characters use a lot of profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink, often to excess. No smoking and no drug use, though some elements of magic have drug-like effects.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Order is an entertaining fantasy series/college drama hybrid aimed at older teens and young adults. Essentially a coming-of-age story, The Order shows its main character, Jack (Jake Manley), dealing with ethical and moral questions -- while also fighting witches, werewolves, warlocks, and other magical creatures. Violence is rampant, and even when it takes place offscreen, the bloody aftermath is shown. But sex plays less of a role than in many college dramas, though simulated sex is sometimes briefly shown (no graphic nudity). Characters use profanity frequently, including "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." There's also quite a bit of drinking, often to excess, and some stereotyping based on gender roles.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byphotographasmile April 3, 2019

My 14 year-old twins love it

My twin girls and I love this show. It has language and excessive drinking, as well as love interests between characters. I think it would be good for (at least... Continue reading
Adult Written byD and L April 13, 2019

Not as mature as the college setting would imply

Showed up as TV MA so I watched it myself - Not as mature as the college setting would imply. Watched it with my 15 year old daughter subsequently and it was fi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythissucks09 April 3, 2019

Fantastic, Entertaining, and Mature

I love this series. I don't think that you have to be an older teen to watch this show. It's thrilling, captivating, and sometimes relatable. However,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLuke_luke March 29, 2019

AMAZING

This show is great for teens. I would run around the world twice to watch this. I totally recommend this for teens that enjoy shows about magic societies and we... Continue reading

What's the story?

While visiting his mother's grave, Jack Morton (Jake Manley) learns he's been accepted to Belgrave University. Once there, he gets recruited by a mysterious group called THE ORDER, whose other pledges (called "neophytes") keep getting brutally murdered by an unseen force lurking on the edge of campus. As Jack gets closer to the supernatural forces behind both the Order and the murders, it becomes clear that he has his own ulterior motives for coming to Belgrave.

Is it any good?

It's tough to smash this many genres together without getting a little messy, and that's exactly what happens with this series. By blending fantasy elements with comedy, suspense, and college drama, it never sticks with a single plotline, style, mystery, or whatever else long enough to really dig in. That said, the show's energy and barrage of ideas is entertaining, and the show isn't afraid to take strange, unexpected turns at surprising times. It might not be able to fully stick the landing, but if The Order can keep moving at this ferocious rate, it might not have to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Jack wants to become a member of the Order. What does it mean to get accepted? Why do people want to be a part of communities or organizations? 

  • How does magic work in this world? What kind of magic is possible? If you had a magical skill, what would it be? 

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