Parents' Guide to

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Superb classic still entertains, but know your kid.

TV Online Drama 1982
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

I watched it, now my kids watch it

I LOVED this show when I was a kid and couldn't WAIT to show it to my kids. Some of the episodes are slower moving, some are pretty darn creepy and some have more adult themes, but overall it is a wonderful show for both kids and adults to enjoy!

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

They don't make TV shows like this anymore, which makes this vintage offering even more unique among families' many entertainment choices. Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre has a kind of grab-bag appeal because every story is different, and even the stories familiar to viewers have plot twists that often yield surprises. And then there's the show's unusual (by today's standards) production value and costumes -- a fun departure from modern entertainment styles, likely an acquired taste for younger viewers but delightfully suited to this presentation. Best of all, though, is the veritable who's who of Hollywood stars who lent their talents to the show over the years.

But although Faerie Tale Theatre makes for excellent family entertainment, it's also unpredictable in its content, so parents should take care in choosing episodes without scenarios that might scare their young kids. Whether it's a character's frightful costume or a threatening suggestion (talking to strangers could get you eaten in these kinds of stories), the fact that it plays out in live action makes the potential for scares a little greater than in cartoon or book versions. What's more, in many cases, the stories take unexpected turns, so even if your kids know the stories, there might be unexpected turns in these adaptations.

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