A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Plot is based on Grimm's fairy tales and may inspire kids to read the original tales.
Lots of adults behaving badly, but main characters Hansel and Gretel have a strong moral compass and help each other through difficult situations.
Positive Role Models
Main characters Hansel and Gretel do engage in some violent behaviors, but it's largely in self-defense or trying to help their kingdom. Otherwise, they are pretty good role models who do brave things even when they're scared, support each other through tough times, and generally try to do the right things.
Hansel and Gretel have fairly counter-stereotypical gender roles in their sibling relationship. Brother Hansel talks a big game and claims to be Gretel's protector, but he's really fearful and emotionally vulnerable. Sister Gretel fearlessly dives into situations, but buries all her emotions to do so. Hansel and Gretel come from a multicultural family and they themselves are a brother and sister pair with different skin colors, but their family's identity is not discussed.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence via weapons and dragons; no gore. Scariness throughout with plot lines that will upset some kids (like parents attempting to kill their children). Very suspenseful and purposefully startling moments, main characters in peril showing obvious fear, and scary villains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mentions of attraction and marriage.
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Expressions of negative feelings between characters without any iffy words.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No actual substances, but a scene in which Hansel and Gretel are so stupefied by the amount of food they've eaten, they are slurring their words and seem to be under the influence of something.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Tale Dark & Grimm is a spooky series based on the same-named book and the original Grimm fairy tales; it centers on siblings Hansel (voiced by Andre Robinson) and Gretel (Raini Rodriguez). The series is dark, with no shortage of fantasy violence, and has some scenes and themes that may be upsetting to kids (like parents attempting to kill their children, and solo kids fending for themselves). It's not gory, but there's death and injury via weapons and dragons and other gruesome scenes -- like a witch trying to bake Hansel alive. The episodes are very suspenseful and purposely startle viewers, and there are definite villains and lots of moments when Hansel and Gretel are in peril. But three humorous narrator ravens break the tension during intense moments, and much of the violence is depicted in a humorous or stylized way, which lessens the scare factor. For older kids who can handle the scariness, the series is quite funny and imaginatively told.
Is It Any Good?
Older kids who can handle the darker elements will love this clever series that takes kids out of their comfort zones. IN A Tale Dark & Grimm the raven narrators ask kids, "Are you even old enough for this? You really think you can handle it?" and the series doesn't pull any punches with scary themes. The series tempers the edgier aspects with humor, like the silly ravens who break the fourth wall to talk to the viewers and the genius casting of the child-eating Mrs. Baker voiced by comedian Nicole Byer, whose voice kids might recognize from Nailed It. This is a series that challenges kids and takes them seriously, and the fantasy setting will enchant them. For the right kid, A Tale Dark & Grimm largely strikes the perfect balance of scares but also (probably) allowing them to sleep at night after watching.
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