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 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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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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