Teen Wolf is an American fantasy high school drama created for Mtv by Jeff Davis. It is a darker, edgier, and sexier remake of the 1985 comedy by the same name.
Teenage outcast and social pariah in his high school, Scott McCall just wants to be noticed. He never expected that his ticket to popularity would be an attack by a massive creature that left him bitten and changed forever. Now he is a werewolf who has to balance his newfound place in the supernatural world with his life as a high school student.
Making Scott’s life ever more complicated are werewolf hunters, other werecreatures like other wolves and coyotes, and even Japanese fox spirits. With all this new weirdness, Scott tries to maintain his family’s safety and keep up with his normal life’s responsibilities.
The show toys with and adds to existing werewolf lore, mainly by creating a hierarchy within werewolf society that mirrors and inverses Scott’s high school hierarchy. Packs of werewolves who have a symbiotic relationship vie for leadership of the pack with lone wolves dealing with less power and lack of social standing.
Critics generally said positive things about the new show especially in comparison with other Mtv shows. Many critics felt the show moved over well trodden fictional ground on both the high school and supernatural sides of the storyline. Still, the excellent casting and acting combined with some particularly dark and biting humor carry the show above its slightly clichéd origins.
Viewers also enjoyed the premier and the show only picked up momentum from there. It retains a high viewership, especially garnering a great deal of online involvement.
If you enjoy supernatural high school dramas but have grown tired of vampires and superheroes, Teen Wolf might just drive you wild.