A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A mixed bag. Dick Grayson and the Titans are on the side of peace, but their modus operandi is violent and decisive. They are willing to break rules for the greater good, which defies normal expectations of justice. That said, their shared purpose gives them a sense of camaraderie that most of them lack in other relationships in their lives.
Positive Role Models
Women and men fight on an equal playing field, each with his or her own powers and abilities. While some seem bothered by the necessary violence, others are less affected by -- and in a few cases -- revel in it.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic murder scenes and shots of the aftermath, including close-up shootings, stabbings, and brutal fistfights. Street and gang violence. Broken bones, bloody wounds, and corpses in pools of blood. A teen uses her abilities to make a man vomit up his insides until he dies. The story's heroes are on the side of justice but can be just as violent as their adversaries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults mention having slept together.
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Uncensored use of "s--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "hell," and "slut."
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Products & Purchases
The show involves familiar DC characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Titans is a superhero show that adds the team of Raven, Robin, Beast Boy, and Starfire to the live-action DC Universe drama in a dark, violent, and mature way. Many scenes are exceedingly graphic, including close-up views of people being shot, gory wounds, bones visibly breaking, and dead bodies in pools of blood. Raven's demonic side controls her at times and exacts revenge on adversaries in bloody and painful ways, and Robin works outside the law to dole out vigilante justice. There are gruesome street fights, often involving guns, knives, and other weapons. Language is another concern; everything goes here ("f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "a--hole," just to name a few) and nothing is censored. This intense series isn't appropriate for most teens, but mature viewers who enjoy this kind of tangential story within the DC Universe will want to watch.
Is It Any Good?
These youthful DC characters transition to live action in dark, foreboding fashion in this gritty and very violent drama series. The severe tone is obvious from the start as Rachel wrestles with impulses she doesn't understand, disturbing visions she can't control, and a trauma that sends her fleeing for her own safety. Meanwhile Dick balances his day job on the police force with vigilantism learned from his years alongside Gotham's masked avenger, and Koriand'r finds herself in an unexpected place with more questions than answers. Eventually their paths cross and their new shared destiny begins.
Titans will draw DC and superhero fans who like re-imaginings, but unlike most hero tales, this isn't a series that's meant for the family. The graphic violence and profanity makes it iffy even for most teens and certainly inappropriate for kids who will recognize the characters' names from the popular Teen Titans animated series. Adults who watch will find that the plot develops very slowly and methodically, which can go either way depending on your expectations.
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