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VAMPIRE DIARIES

CW Thursday, at 800 ET

 PTC Summary:

Production Companies: Alloy Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, Outerbanks Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television
Producers: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Bob Levy, Leslie Morganstein, and James L. Thompson, III
Creators: L.J. Smith, Julie Plec, and Kevin Williamson

Returning for its fourth season, The Vampire Diaries continues its saga of Elena, a mortal teenage girl who is in love with a vampire, Stefan.  Stefan has a brother, Damon, who is also a vampire with evil motives.  Elena’s best friend is a witch, Bonnie, and another boy in the high school, Tyler, is a werewolf.  Other characters include Caroline, a “newborn” vampire, and Alaric, a teacher who helps with vampire hunting.  This season began with Elena’s transformation into a vampire herself, however, and she finds herself bloodthirsty and eager to kill thanks to her new nature.  Stefan wants to find a supernatural cure for her while Damon is more practical and wants her to embrace her new immortality.  The series follows the adventures as the teenagers try to live normal high school lives as well as cope with supernatural powers, immortality, and evil members of the vampire community who want to bring harm to Mystic Falls.

 


The Vampire Diaries
has a large amount of objectionable content.  There have been numerous sex scenes involving teenagers, some including the element of violence and vampire lore.  Some of the teen sexuality is portrayed as romantic, but other scenes are more intense and almost rape-like in the way that the vampires use their brainwashing powers on others to indulge their sexual desires.  Foul language is frequent and includes uses of the words “dick,” “screw,” “douche,” “hell,” “piss,” “suck,” “frigging,” “damn,” and “ass.”  Violence is stylized and supernaturally-based, but there are a lot of graphic scenes of death, biting and sucking of blood, staking vampires with wooden sticks, and torture of vampires and werewolves using mythical substances that are damaging only to them—vervane, wolf’s bane, and sunlight that sears and burns the vampires.  The violence could be confusing for young viewers because of the supernatural premise—there are mortals with special jewelry or spells that allow them to come back to life after graphic murder scenarios.

 


The Vampire Diaries
is not recommended viewers under age 18.

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Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.

The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.

Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.

Not yet rated by the PTC.


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