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British werewolf-style drama limits the fright for tweens.
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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.

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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.


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.

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?


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

Premiere date:September 10, 2012
Cast:Aimee Kelly, Bobby Lockwood
Network:Disney Channel
Topics:High school, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bycaribbeandream October 30, 2013

The best live action tween show on Disney Channel!

My 9yo son and I love this show. Unlike many US-produced shows aimed at tweens and teens, this is not a sitcom but a somewhat serious show about growing up and fitting in. What I like the best about his show is what it lacks - "dumb" parents, fake laugh tracks, trendy clothes, racial and gender stereotypes, sexual tension, and consumerism. These kids go to school, they have homework, they have good parents that actually parent, they play in their school sports teams, the value their friendship with each other and they are not obsessed over who is dating whom. They are just normal teens who just happen to have the blood of wolves running through them. Don't be put off by CM's comparison to Twilight. This is a really good show to watch, and discuss, as a family.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byREYRIDER December 2, 2013


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.
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Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2013


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.
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