Parents' Guide to

The Secret Circle

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Witchy thriller has sexy edge that's best for mature teens.

TV CW Drama 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+


I absolutely love the show me and my boys watched it together and are really disappointed that there will be no season 2
age 16+

It was Unique

The Secret Circle was a very unique show that had A LOT of potential. The first few episodes were eh, but by the time the last episode came i was SO invested. The show had a new twist on magic and how it was used, as a fantasy lover i really enjoyed that. Its just too bad that the CW dropped it, and would rather have boring and cheesy shows like Jane the Virgin, reign, or the flash.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (15 ):

This fast-paced thriller rides the supernatural wave to certain popularity among teen viewers, who will find many similarities between the Twilight story and this one, which also follows a newcomer to a small northwest town with secretive residents and a mysterious history. Here it's witchcraft rather than yin and yang of werewolves and vampires, but it's the enticing suggestion that things aren't always what they seem on the surface that beckons to thrill-seeking viewers. Of course, drop-dead gorgeous stars and complicated love triangles don't hurt, either.

Sexual content and violence are the main issues to consider in this show. The fact that they're witches doesn't make these teens any less susceptible to the social struggles of this age group, either, and instances of peer pressure, competition, and jealousy are even more glaring when the players involved have powers that can maim or kill. Generally the show's themes veer toward the positive, showing teens choosing the common good over personal desires, but there are some moments when selfishness and retaliation win out. On the plus side, the show is enjoyable enough that it's a truly fun watch for you and your teen to share.

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