Titans

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Dark, violent series tells story of young DC superheroes.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Adults mention having slept together.

 

Language

Uncensored use of "s--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "hell," and "slut."

 

Consumerism

The show involves familiar DC characters.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBigguy29 October 14, 2018

While this is breath taking it's. Not for kids

This show is fantastic no doubt it has everything you could ask for in a teen Titans show but here's the catch .it's not for kids . It's designed... Continue reading
Adult Written byLordQuimby October 23, 2018

Dark Gritty Take on Teen Titans

While some might say that it is awful and "too adult", I say otherwise. Most teens see and hear worse, and claiming otherwise is simply wrong. While t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydom6 October 15, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byspideymemes October 15, 2018

Not for kids but really not the bad

I’ve only watched episode 1 (10-15-18). But so far it cussed a few times, showed a bit of gore, and some creepy stuff. It’s a good show overall.

What's the story?

In TITANS, destiny unites a new team of young superheroes to counter an evil threat to the planet. Tormented by visions of a mysterious boy's childhood trauma, empath Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) begins to make sense of her powers once she joins forces with that same boy, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), all grown up. Half-human, half-demon Rachel assumes the persona of Raven, while Dick works to shed the image of Batman's associate, Robin, and create his own identity. The two are joined by alien princess Koriand'r, a.k.a. Starfire (Anna Diop), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) who can transform into different animals. Together these powerful heroes are the planet's best hope against evil in all its forms.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of the violence in Titans. Does its graphic nature serve a purpose, or is it more for shock value? Where do you draw the line between appropriate and not with regard to this kind of content? Would the series be better served by content that is more family friendly? Why or why not?

  • Do these young heroes embrace their roles, or are they more resigned to the fact that they are supers? Is it OK for them to enjoy beating (and sometimes killing) the bad guys? Is revenge their motivation, or is it something else? What character strengths like teamwork are evident in their personalities?

  • Do you think marketing is a factor in the rollout of new character stories like this one? How do other DC productions and products benefit from association? What character crossover do you notice in Titans?

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