A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Geographical references may intrigue teen viewers.
Be loyal to your friends. Be supportive. Love yourself. Let people inside. Trust yourself. Trust your friends. Be inquisitive. Courage takes work. Persevere until you find answers. Follow your dreams. You don't have to be alone. Be curious about your past.
Positive Role Models
Adults in this show are communicative and kind (unless they're possessed by demons). Girls are strong, know what they want, and show leadership. Boys are allowed to be vulnerable as well as strong.
The two main characters are White; their friends are Latino and of South Asian descent. There are LGBTQ+ characters as well.
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Violence & Scariness
Grisly and scary moments occur with frequency. A young man returns from Vietnam, having seen his friend killed in action. He suffers from vivid flashbacks. Demons chase after teens, and teens stab and kill demons. Women endure as much violence as men do -- and dish out plenty of punches and kicks. A teen digs shrapnel out of his arm and uses it to ward off a monster, then decapitates a monster with a silver blade.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to making out with someone else's boyfriend. Kissing, flirting, hand holding.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer occasionally.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Winchesters is a prequel to the long-running spooky series Supernatural. Demons travel from body to body, possessing their victims, and are cast out of their hosts' mouths in clouds of black smoke. Occult themes, grisly confrontations, and scary moments might be too intense for sensitive teens, but the camaraderie -- and flirty tension -- among friends lightens the mood. Expect monsters to be decapitated, exorcisms to be performed, and no rest for the "demon hunters." Perseverance and communication are themes.
Is It Any Good?
This prequel to Supernatural has big shoes to fill -- can it follow in the long-running series' footsteps and gained a devoted following? Supernatural is a flirty, scary, action-packed romp that sees itself for what it is -- Scooby-Doo on steroids (the series even did an animated Scooby/Supernatural crossover episode, to the delight of fans).
The Winchesters' action starts quickly, giving little room for backstory, but the haste seems intentional. There's not any time for backstory when you're hunting demons, man! Yes, it's gory and scary, but if the formula continues to get it right, it's bound to be a proper recipe for fun teen viewing. Frights will scare, some flirty scenes will raise eyebrows, popcorn will disappear, and a little humor ("I figured you'd like your coffee the same as your world view...") will get the adults to stay in the room.
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