Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A thrilling, educational romp through history.

TV ABC Drama 1994
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age 10+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

Beware Vlad Dracu!

We have been watching the Chronicles with our kids since last year (Vol 1 & 2) and find them very interesting & good conversation starters on many subjects. We talked about the mostly war-related violence along the way, but last night we started watching the Dracula-related episode, and I wish there had been a warning here. Scenes of impaled secret agents, an accomplice of Indy’s seemingly possesed and blood dripping from the ceiling, I wish my 11- and 12-yr olds had not seen this. I had watched some episodes on TV a while ago, but not this one. As we progress through Vol 3, I will watch ahead of time! It is still a valuable series and although my kids probably don’t understand much of the battle strategies and treaties mentioned, they will come away with enough information to look it up when they’re older.
age 5+

Good alternative to the films for younger viewers.

Is It Any Good?

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That said, don't expect a straight adaptation of the movies as the character moves to the small screen. Though there's plenty of action, and the series manages to capture the entertaining blend of thrills and comedy that made the movies so much fun, the plot twists sometimes seem a bit forced as the writers must engineer ways for Indy to run into the next big historical character. And it's hard for even the best action sequences to match the sheer audacity of Indy's big-screen exploits, some of which remain among the best ever filmed.

On the plus side, while the movies were non-stop thrill rides from start to finish, the TV version of Indy's life takes time to introduce some important ideas. When Indiana Jones sits down to discuss philosophy or love or art or military strategy with some of history's greatest thinkers, the series adds an enjoyable element of education that's missing from the films.

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