Teen Wolf – Watch or Not?
Happy Werewolf Wednesday, everyone! This week I’m going to talk about a wildly popular werewolf TV show that I have yet to watch – Teen Wolf.
Extremely loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, the 2011 TV series aired on MTV of all places and ran for six well-received seasons. Critics generally gave the series positive reviews, it won three Saturn Awards, and after the TV series officially wrapped, it even got a movie continuation on Paramount+. The story (in a very general summary) centers around a young man who gets bitten by a werewolf in the beginning of season one and finds within himself and his new abilities the power to defend his hometown from supernatural creatures and other threats.
I have never seen even an episode of this show.
That seems wrong, right? It’s an extremely popular werewolf property, I write werewolf books, I should have at least sampled it! But I never have. Why? Well, the main reason can be found in the very first word of the title.
Teen. I have never been a fan of coming-of-age stories, especially ones focused on the teenage years. Even when I was a teenager, I tended to avoid these kinds of storylines like the plague (Buffy the Vampire Slayer being the notable exception to this rule for me). I find teen drama very…tiring. Maybe because I experienced so much of it in my own life (my teenage years weren’t kind, but whose were??), I find no joy in watching fictional characters go through the same adolescent turmoil I did when I was in high school.
Still, I can’t get rid of this nagging sensation that I’m missing out on something really amazing here. So, I thought I’d open it up to you, my blog reading audience, and ask: do you think I should give Teen Wolf (2011) a watch? Should I give it a chance? Or am I good? Let’s chat about it!