Parents' Guide to

Van Helsing

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grim bloody vampire apocalypse show is not fun enough.

TV Syfy Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+
So I red the other parents reviews and I’m surprised they suggest teens could watch this show. It has actually a lot violent scenes and there’s male full frontal nudity as well. Female nudity is kept to a minimum and probably that’s why most parents are ok with teens watching this show, because if the frontal nudity had been female they would be rating this show for adults only.
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+
There’s a lot of violent scenes and a lot of blood. I haven’t finished the series yet but I’m the first season a character named “Flesh” is completely naked and you see his penis. I’ve seen a lot of people saying this show is completely acceptable for kids and teens and that’s ridiculous. You’re okay with your kids seeing a penis? That is why it should be 18+. That’s why it’s rated tvma. For a reason.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Created and produced by controversial playwright Neil LaBute, this post-apocalyptic entry is a slight cut above average sci-fi thrillers writing-wise, but it's just not a lot of fun. Clearly SyFy is hoping for a The Walking Dead-type fandom -- one can imagine the "It's like Walking Dead but with vampires!" elevator pitch -- and for some Buffy the Vampire Slayer-type excitement with main vamp-kicker Vanessa. But Overton doesn't have Buffy's charm and personality, nor does the show have a sense of humor. Not that a "vampires end the world" premise is supposed to be fun; it's just that everything seems so grim, yet not scary enough to jolt viewers pleasurably.

It's hard to escape the feeling that you've seen this show before, and though the dialogue is a tad sharper and fresher than usual, perhaps courtesy of LaBute's stage roots, the characters and plot points seem recycled. Vampire fans, or worshippers of Walking Dead-esque shows may find they like Van Helsing, but most viewers will find it a bit of a slog.

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