Wolfblood

Common Sense Media says

British werewolf-style drama limits the fright for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series explores the concept of being an outsider in the context of two teens who must hide their supernatural powers from their friends. Despite the unique circumstances, the experience has familiar themes of the characters' insecurity and desire to belong. Happily, their new friendship allows them some freedom to be themselves in each other's company.

Positive role models

Maddy and her parents welcome Rhydian into their lives in an attempt to keep him on the straight and narrow and to serve as much-needed role models. Initially guarded, he learns to rely on other people in a way he never did before.

Violence

Occasionally teen tempers flare, leading to scuffles or some property destruction. Also, some tense moments during wolfbloods' transformations. As wolves, characters growl, jump, and sometimes fight. Lots of scenes take place in the dark while characters are being hunted or are under stress.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wolfblood is a British drama series for older tweens and teens about creatures similar to werewolves. At its heart are two teens just coming of age and thus newly indoctrinated in the process of transforming who learn to lean on each other to navigate the changes, cope with the challenges of keeping their powers and alter egos hidden, and deal with the feeling of being outsiders. There are decent examples of role models in Maddy's wolfblood parents, who offer guidance both to their daughter and to her new friend. Despite the show's roots in the supernatural, there's little content here that's truly scary (they don't hunt people, for instance), and the characters often remind each other -– and viewers -– that, unlike werewolves, they're not monsters. That said, expect enough tense situations, scenes set in dark places, and dramatic scenarios that more sensitive tweens should sit this one out.

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What's the story?

By all accounts, Maddy Smith (Aimee Kelly) is an average teen muddling her way through school, friendships, and social woes. But what people around her don't know is that she's actually far from average; she's a wolfblood, a creature similar to a werewolf in full-moon transformations. When a sullen newcomer, Rhydian (Bobby Lockwood), arrives at her school, she recognizes that he's a wolfblood, too, and she worries that his reckless ways will reveal the secret they share. She soon befriends him, and her parents pass him off as a distant cousin so they can help guide both teens through the ups and downs of their first transformative years.

Is it any good?

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WOLFBLOOD is like a light version of Twilight; it has mythical creatures whose heightened humanity separates themselves from their full-blown monster cousins; an unexpected friendship born of sharing a secret; and constant drama surrounding the protection of that secret. Contrary to many popular monster dramas, though, this one is light on violence and only mildly startling in parts, so it's a contender for families looking to break into the genre slowly. That said, kids may still be scared at transformation scenes and at the concept of creatures of the dark in general, so consider your own kids' sensitivity before plugging into this one.

For older tweens, though, Wolfblood explores social issues like friendship, honesty, and fitting into a peer group. Even though its focus is on two pretty extreme cases of teens feeling like outsiders, their emotional journeys may still have some themes that you and your tweens can discuss with relation to their lives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fitting in with friends. Tweens: Do you feel pressure to look or act a specific way when you're around certain friends? What happens if you don't conform? Is individuality something to be celebrated?

  • Maddy and Rhydian have special powers because they're wolfbloods. How do they put them to good use? Do they ever do harm with them? How do you use your special talents to help other people?

  • Tweens: How does the violence in this series rank against others you've seen? Is scary content as worrisome as violence, or is it less so? Do you think there's a market for shows that are only borderline scary, or does it just breed the desire for shows with more intense themes?

TV details

Cast:Aimee Kelly, Bobby Lockwood
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Drama
Topics:High school, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Written byAnonymous October 14, 2013
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NEED TO WATCH

I LOVE THIS SHOW . IT IS AN ABSOLUTE NEED TO WATCH
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byREYRIDER December 2, 2013
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10
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BEST TV SHOW EVER!!!

i believe this is a great story of friendship and courage. i think it shows that even if you have a secret that you think others will laugh at you for you can still tell your bff.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2013
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12
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BEST PROGRAM - WOLFBLOOD

It the best television program in the whole world. I think it really good because i watch and it kind of shows what being a teen is like in another point of view.Teens will learn a lot from this.Trust me on this.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byJordawn123 October 16, 2013
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14
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The title of wolfblood is awesome!!!!

I'm awesome and I love my Family.
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