Wynonna Earp

TV review by
Edie Nugent, Common Sense Media
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X-Files meets the Old West in modern, violent shoot-'em-up.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Wynonna exhibits signs of caring for others, such as placing herself in danger in an attempt to save a stranger, but these acts are mostly overshadowed by violence and selfishness. She fled her family and her town when the going got tough and only ends up joining the right side of the law due to blackmail. Manipulation and intimidation rule in Purgatory.

Positive role models & representations

Nearly all the characters in the series are quick to anger, judging others and using violence as their primary method of problem-solving. Some have redeeming qualities -- and Wynonna's sister pushes her toward using her power to break the family curse -- and Wynonna herself is self-reliant to a degree. Agent Doll takes his job as a supernatural marshal seriously and proves himself the series' sole voice of reason.

Violence

A young woman is stalked by a demon, dragged through the woods, and murdered; her head ends up on a spike. Soon after, there's heavy hand-to-hand combat where Wynonna is thrown into a tree before she drives a stake through a demon's eye. Lots of gunplay. A villain slowly (and bloodily) rips out the tongue of one of his henchmen and crushes it under his heel; the victim doesn't scream. Wynonna shoots her father (offscreen) as her younger sister is abducted. It is later mentioned that she was slaughtered.

Sex

Mention of a prostitute, Internet porn, and giving someone "the clap." Wynonna goes upstairs with a stranger for reconnaissance purposes and flirts with him, pushes her chest out, throws him on the bed, rips his shirt open, and straddles him, saying, "Don’t make me get rough," before twisting his nipples.

Language

"Whore," "s--thole," "pair of tits," "skank," "swift kick to the box," "hell," and "dick."

Consumerism

The show is based on a comic book series.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wynonna Earp is a rock-'em-sock-'em series that centers on the adventures of its eponymous heroine as she battles the demons plaguing her hometown of Purgatory. Yes, Wynonna is related to the infamous Wyatt Earp: He's her great-grandfather. Based on a comic book series of the same name, the show leans heavily on its misunderstood "bad girl" lead: She drinks too much and uses her fists (and her sexuality) to get her way. Having an unapologetic woman at the helm of this supernatural action series is somewhat progressive, but the show also has plenty of small town gender roles and brutal violence -- against both human demons -- weighing it down.

User Reviews

Educator Written bySusan S. September 6, 2016

A simple, young fantasy show with harmless melodrama and a good heart

This show won't win any acting or writing awards. But it is a cute supernatural adventure in the (rural?) urban/occult fantasy genre. It gives off very YA... Continue reading
Adult Written bythefeffe00. June 21, 2016
Teen, 16 years old Written byrossjames June 3, 2017
i personally really loved this show. me and my dad watch it together and both found it really enjoyable as the writers seem to have the same sense of humour as... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGeorgiPEEV August 25, 2017

The Female Western Version of Supernatural

As for age rating: There is some profanity /from 2 seasons I remember that once-twice was used p***y; more often damn; and most often s***/ but isn`t a thing ev... Continue reading

What's the story?

Back in her home town following the death of her uncle, WYNONNA EARP doesn't even make it off the bus before she's drawn into the family drama she fled from three years ago. But when you're the heir of the late, great Wyatt Earp and your hometown is Purgatory, that drama involves demons, curses, and dead sisters. But Wynonna inherits more than just a famous name on her 27th birthday: She becomes the chosen descendent of the Earp clan. As such, she's duty-bound to fight the enemies dispatched by her forebears, known as "remnants." Later recruited into a special supernatural division of the U.S. marshals, Wynonna welds Wyatt's weapon -- an antique "peacemaker" -- and is the only person who can send the remnants back to hell.

Is it any good?

It's unlikely that kids and teens are familiar with the comics the series pulls from, so if they're drawn to this show it's likely because they're into time-bending sci-fi. Teens might relate to Wynonna's rebellion against her family name, as well as her sarcastic and world-weary demeanor. 

Wynonna Earp is visually stylish and the costumes are great, but that's pretty much where the quality begins and ends. The actors feel wooden in their clichéd roles, and the predictable plot and clunky script do them few favors. There's inherent danger in glossing over the origin story of Wynonna and her sister: After a horrific childhood trauma, it seems there wasn't much in the way of support for the remaining Earp sisters. Extended family members have little sympathy for the titular heroine, which is unnerving given how young she was when involved in the death of her father. There are much better, more self-aware versions of this kind of story that elevate their chosen antiheroes; this one is formulaic and dull by comparison. Plus, the level of violence and sexualization of characters is tough to justify for a show that's this skin-deep.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Wynonna an antihero. Who are some other famous antiheroes in popular culture? Are some traditional heroic attributes more important to have than others?

  • Families can talk about how Wynonna's upbringing affects her development. How can witnessing violence as a child lead to a difficult adolescence? What kind of support might be needed to transcend a troubled past?

  • Families can talk about Wyatt Earp's place in the history of the American frontier. How was his story emblematic of life in the Old West in the late 19th century? 

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