Netflix’s The Irregulars is a fun, Young Adult supernatural drama which doesn’t bring anything new to the table but enjoyable nonetheless. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Netflix has struck gold when it comes to these supernatural series for the young adult genre. The newest series on its line-up is The Irregulars, which dropped today on the streaming service and is a mixture of the supernatural with a bit of Sherlock Holmes detective skills mixed in. The series is based on the Baker Street Irregulars, who appeared in three of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, hence the Sherlock feel. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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The Irregulars Parents Guide
Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.
The Irregulars Age Appropriate
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids view The Irregulars.
Language: The series contains some harsh language with profanity used throughout and words including: f*ck, sh*t, a**, tw*t, prick, “piss off” and “Jesus Christ.”
Violence: The series is very dark and contains a lot of violence, death, gore and dark spirits. There are some very graphic scenes, like one which shows a young girl with her eyes gouged out by birds.
Sexual Content: Sexual references are made often, such as discussions of “making sweet love” and talks of a sex dungeon. There is also a scene in which a teen is implied masturbating. There is some heavy kissing involved with some of the characters.
The Irregulars feels like a collection of short stories, all involving the same central characters that are given a “dark” or supernatural monster and/or mystery to solve in each episode not unlike Scooby Doo. Like I mentioned above, the series has a very Sherlock Holmes feel, which isn’t surprising considering it is based off of stories from the original Sherlock Holmes series. However, The Irregulars goes beyond “a mystery to be solved” theme, and if you are not one for horror then you may want to pass on this series. With dark themes, including dark cinematography, low lighting, and a creepy music score, the series takes on a very paranormal identity and includes characters with “powers” and dark forces the characters must defeat.
The script does well with keeping with the central theme and building character development as the story progresses. With each episode having a different “mystery” to solve, the series can run the risk of becoming disjointed in its storyline. The Irregulars does a good job at keeping up a flowing and coherent plot, much to the creativeness of its writing team, Tom Bidwell and Sarah Simmonds. The exceptional writing paired with the special effects delivers an aesthetic experience to viewers.
While the series is sure to be a hit with the young adult audience, it does lack bringing anything new to the table. We have seen stories of its kind from Netflix before, most recently with the series The Winx Saga, and many of these stories like it already have a well developed fan base. I highly doubt The Irregulars will achieve the level of popularity as other series has done, however it is enjoyable enough to entertain the demographic audience it attemtpts to target.