Parents' Guide to

The Royals

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soapy monarchy drama has language, drugs, and alarming sex.

TV E! Drama 2015
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Dont waste your time

In addition to the aforementioned graphic nature of this show, viewers should note that its really not a great show. The excessive and gratuitous sex is seemingly added in an attempt to make a more alluring story, but ends making you want to go on a spiritual cleanse after viewing. Scenes include both straight and queer couples, as well as excessive references/innuendo to senseless debauchery.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+


A campy romp making fun of badly-behaved monarchs but with moments of intrigue and a wistful wish of making a monarchy relevant. The royal family are all delightfully overplayed. Adult entertainment only - entirely unsuitable for kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The Royals is the very definition of a guilty pleasure, with beautiful faux celebrities behaving badly in ways most of us would secretly like to try: swigging down a bottle of "1942-something" liquor, dancing on nightclub tables, slamming petulantly into the backs of limousines as screaming crowds wave flags and cheer. Certainly fans of the real-life English royal family, particularly those who swoon over Kate and William, can imagine The Royals as a sort of alternate history if Princess Diana hadn't been killed. Tabloid readers can smack their lips over the depraved antics, sumptuous settings, and wacky hats.

But there's a darker sensibility at work here that makes this show unsuitable for young viewers. Women are assaulted: once in a cringeworthy scene in which a prince forces oral sex on a quivering, crying woman and once in which a man proudly explains to a woman he put drugs in her drink before having group sex with her, filming it, and blackmailing her with the film. These things do happen in real life, but these plot twists are hardly good, soapy fun. Rather they're sensitive and potentially traumatizing concepts that parents will want to discuss with kids and teens most carefully. If you must allow teens to watch, be sure to watch along to counter any worrisome messages.

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