2008 TV-14 4 seasons


2008 TV-14 4 seasons
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The enigmatic and brilliant scientist Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) leads a team of quirky experts dedicated to providing sanctuary to "abnormals," which most humans consider monsters, in this sci-fi series that uses groundbreaking visual technology. As Helen battles governmental interference, biological weapons and dangerous abnormals, she is aided by Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), her headstrong daughter, Ashley, and tech genius Henry.
Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl, Ryan Robbins, Agam Darshi, Emilie Ullerup
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

Backed by an eager team of experts, scientist Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) spends her time tracking down monsterous paranormal creatures. But while a few specimens are safe, others are downright dangerous in this Syfy network drama. Based on a high-definition Web serial -- the first sci-fi series of its kind -- this show is the first TV series to feature live actors against a backdrop of virtual sets created with computer-generated animation.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: DTS 5.1 HD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sci-fi show -- which began its life as a popular Web series -- assumes that monsters are very real and that they need to be tracked down and captured. That process often entails a fair bit of suspense and violence (often involving weapons and occasionally deadly), which could unsettle young viewers -- as could the sometimes-creepy monsters themselves. But on the whole, the series is on the tame side for older tweens and up: There's hardly anything in the way of sexual content, salty language, or drinking and drugs.

Sexual Content

No nudity or sex, though there is some flirting between Will and Ashley.


Some of the abnormals are benign, but many are quite dangerous, and their attacks can be violent, deadly, and gory. Though the Sanctuary staff has no desire to hurt these creatures, they're often forced to subdue their quarry using stun-guns or darts with sleep-inducing drugs. Ashley is often heavily armed; she's quick with both lethal and non-lethal weapons and sometimes engages in martial arts combat.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The Sanctuary is a mysterious organization that exists outside standard law enforcement channels, and though Dr. Zimmerman sometimes crosses paths with his former colleagues on the police force, he must keep his true activities and motives secret. The team sometimes deals with black market weapons brokers. The most dangerous creatures are locked up deep within the Sanctuary; some are willing to stay there for their own protection, while others pose a danger to society and are held against their will.


Job-recruiting Web site is mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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