Parents' Guide to

The Artful Dodger

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun Dickens sequel is bloody; has sex, swears, drinking.

TV Hulu Drama 2023
The Artful Dodger poster: Thomas Brodie-Sangster stands front with Maia Mitchell and David Thewles looking over his shoulders.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+


Fun entertaining unique and cleaner than most shows these days. Nice romance entwined throughout. Prepare for some bloody surgery parts that look real.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This quirky series successfully reinvents two of Charles Dickens' characters and places them in an interesting new world. The Artful Dodger stays true to Oliver Twist's themes, including a reliance on thievery to survive, class divides, social bonds, individuality, and the tension between fate and free will. However, it does so against the backdrop of the Australian territory in the 1850s, which is modernizing while serving as home to several British penal colonies.

There's also a modern edge to the overall production, thanks to elements like contemporary soundtracks and some obvious adult humor. However, The Artful Dodger's greatest success is delivering a story sequel in which the entertaining plotlines easily develop and evolve independently from Dickens' original story. If you're a fan of period pieces, no doubt that you'll enjoy this one.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate