TV review by Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media
Arcane Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Stunning video game adaptation has violence, some language.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 68 reviews

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.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Arcane is a masterpiece

Arcane is my favorite new show. Maybe my favorite piece of media ever. It is truly a unique and masterful cinematic experience. Fully realized and bristling with details. Arcane is the prequel story to a video game franchise. But I never played the games or knew anything about them before watching Arcane. The show's creators made sure that prior knowledge was not a prerequisite. And I think I enjoyed Arcane more because I did not know anything about it. If you are a fan of animation, sci-fi, fantasy, or great storytelling, I highly recommend you watch Arcane. Arcane is mature. It deals with love, death, mental illness, violence, and substance abuse. Even though it is animated, it handles these issues in a very grounded and realistic fashion. While the action can be brutal it never gets gratuitous or gory. There is one sex scene but no nudity and is actually very artful. There is some language and a few f-bombs, but unlike other shows/movies, the salty language is very appropriate for the scene and characters. If your family is mature enough to handle the content, Arcane is truly great.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
4 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Probably my favorite show.

Arcane is based on a video game that I don't really like, but if you've ever played league of legends, don't expect it to be anything like the game. It is so much better than you'd expect since it's based on a game, but it's probably going to be pretty heavy for lots of teens. Not too heavy though.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Castlevania Poster Image


    Arresting anime adaptation has over-the-top brutal violence.

    age 14+
  • The Witcher Poster Image

    The Witcher

    Violent medieval monster mayhem is mature fun, has nudity.

    age 17+
  • The Legend of Korra Poster Image

    The Legend of Korra

    Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.

    age 8+

Character Strengths

Find more tv shows that help kids build character.

  • Little boy whispering to a girl
    See all
  • Young girl playing
    See all
  • Child cross country skiing
    See all
  • Hands together
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon magic wand on orange background
    Magic and Fantasy
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a sister and brother holding hands
    Brothers and Sisters
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all

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