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A Tale Dark & Grimm

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fairy tale retelling with humor, violence, and scariness.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 13+

Trying to desensitize our kids!

This show is rated 7+ by Netflix so naturally I thought it was fine to watch with my 8 year old. NOPE! The first episode is literally about how the parents randomly decide to kill their children (Hansel and Gretel) who somehow come back to life and then run away to find the scary candy house lady. The show goes into detail about how that lady ate her baby (because she loved it too much?) and now she can't get enough of children. The kids stay there and eat themselves into a coma, ignoring the closet full of children's shoes that pour out. The children eventually figure it out (after literally almost being burned to death in the oven) and push the lady out the window to her death. Then they SHOW her being impaled by the pole with her eyes open and tongue sticking out!!!! Wtf!!! We turned it off. I'm so disgusted by this show. Why create a cartoon fictional show like this? With the INTENTION of desensitizing our kids to violence? I'm not one of those parents that shelters their kid either. My daughter has seen stuff with violence but the violence was a side effect of our history and had a greater plot line worthy of discussion -- the intention was not meaningless violence like this show. This show should be removed from Netflix. So disappointed.
age 13+

Creepy ...murder?

Parents murdering their children? The rating on this on Netflix was Y7... which means for little kids. Sadistic, twisted and creepy. I see more and more of this mentally sick narrative finding it's way into children's media. Why??? What is the end game with all that? WTF is wrong with people!!?? NOT for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (21 ):

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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