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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's at least a sense that people from diverse worlds can come together to fight against something that's worth standing up to. That said, male characters seem to have most of the power.
Positive Role Models
On one level, this is a battle between evil and not-as-evil, and most characters have complex motivations. But there are witches, werewolves, and vampires in this world that could at least be considered role models with positive intentions.
Violence & Scariness
Violent scenes can be pretty shocking, with throat-slitting, heart-ripping, and the obvious neck-biting. Blood flows freely.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content isn't constant but includes kissing and implied sex plus story lines revolving around sexual encounters.
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Gateway terms like "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, both in bars and at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Originals follows a diverse group of vampires, werewolves, and witches living in modern-day New Orleans, adding a whole new dimension to the term "night life." Violent scenes can be sudden and bloody, and though sexual content isn't constant, you'll still see some steamy kissing and seduction and trace a major plot point stemming from a one-night stand. There's social drinking, too, although language is mostly mild ("damn" and "hell," for example).
Is It Any Good?
If The Vampire Diaries' improbable plots don't already give you pause, then you'll probably find The Originals an easy pill to swallow. But if you're coming at it with a fresh pair of eyes, it might take you a while to figure out the who, what, when, where, and why -- and in the end, you just might conclude, "Who cares?"
Given the ongoing appeal of supernatural stories, however, there are plenty of people who do care. And one welcome twist here, at least, is that the series is set in picturesque New Orleans, a city not only renowned for its beauty but also for its fascinating diversity. That means that, in addition to vampires, werewolves, and witches, you'll see faces from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. But when it comes to power, men -- for the most part -- are still running the show.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.