A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Some shows involve cheating, disrepecting parents, and other bad social behavior. There are currently no forums on the site, but the terms say if there are in the future they will not be monitored. At present, users can send feedback to the site only and send video clips to other people via Facebook or email.
Violence & Scariness
Depends on the TV show viewed on the site. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The O.C. show violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Depends on the TV show viewed on the site. Some WB shows such as Friends, Dawson's Creek, and The O.C. discuss sex or are sexually suggestive.
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Nothing "R" rated, but anything you can hear on primetime network TV might be heard here.
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Products & Purchases
This site is free but supported with ads targeting the 16-34 year olds. Upcoming plans include an online WB store. Also, there's a major push to tie TheWB.com into Facebook, so Facebook's name is all over the place.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Varies, depending upon the series viewed. A character in the The O.C. is an alcoholic; other shows have drinking, drugs, and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site is a resurrected version of the old WB TV network, which has been off the air since 2006. You can watch full-length episodes of WB favorites here, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The O.C., and Friends re-runs, and depending on the show, can have some sex, violence, drug use, drinking, and bad behavior. Besides the old shows and some new series made just for this site, the big attraction is that users can play with the shows' scenes in the WBlender, editing them and sending them to friends, or watching them from afar via Facebook.
Is It Any Good?
Since it's still in the beta version, there are a few features that are currently limited or "coming soon," and some bugs to work out. In one section, it says the network is targeting the 16-34 demographic, but in another section it indicates users are supposed to be 18 and up. The coolest feature on this site is the ability for users to create video clips out of the series' content, like mashing all of Joey's "How you doin'?" quotes from Friends into one long series of scenes. Without a doubt, Warner Bros. has found a hip way to re-package old material and create new stuff for today's Internet-centric audience in TheWB.com. Whether that material is worth the time to watch it on a laptop or iPod will be up to the viewer.
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