The Vampire Diaries

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Blood, violence are the real draw in angsty vampire drama.

CW Drama 2009

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 124 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 489 reviews

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age 15+

Loved it, but definitely 15 yrs +

Absolutely LOVED this show. I thought it was going to be like Twilight (which I didn’t like) so I was skeptical. But I ended up loving it. I love the positive messages of family & the love/sacrifice they have for each other. The messages of friendship and, again, more sacrifices for those they love. It teaches that mistakes happen, but you learn from them and better yourself—you do what you can to fix them. The things you should be cautious of are the underage drinking and drug use. (The use age of drugs was a smaller amount in the first season, but they were taught not to do them and encouraged to stay away from them.) However, the drinking is very consistent. Another thing that made me hesitant to watch the show was sex. The books were violently sexual—I did not read them myself but have friends who did and said it was quite explicit. However, the tv show is not like that. There is lots of kissing and make out scenes (one or two where a girl is in her bra and panties) but no sex scenes or nudity in that regard. Obviously there are implications of sex (guy & girl in a bed together) and some mentions of “hooking up” but no graphic or explicit content. There isn’t a ton of language and there’s lots of blood and death. But nothing super gory.

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age 12+
Started watching at 12 it was amazing anybody who thinks this is violent is just not smart it’s kind of it’s a vampire show where this girl named Elena spoilers! Ahead she meets Damon and Stephan find out there vampires and meet a lot of vampires across the way and witches werewolves etc including the 5 best vampire hunters the originals and that becomes a spin off called the originals it’s better than Tvd and there is no [email protected] some curse words anyway I’d say 12 and up !

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