Sometimes-scary fantasy is a mash-up of monsters and myths.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Major themes include the importance of family, friendship, and teamwork. Honor tends to win out over evil.

Positive role models

Jason is a loyal and sympathetic character, and he and his new ancient friends make obvious attempts to do the right thing -- and they usually succeed.


Fantasy violence includes encounters with monsters and mythical creatures, a few of which are pretty scary. Weapons are pulled, and there's hand-to-hand combat but minimal bloodletting.


Light sexual innuendo with occasional romantic subplots.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Allusions to drunkenness but no real on-screen activity.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Atlantis -- while it's based on ancient myths and historical characters -- takes a lot of dramatic liberties when it comes to the facts, so it's best to take its plot lines with a grain of salt. The violence is fantasy-grade, so you'll see some scary monsters and mythical creatures along with characters who use weapons (although there's very little blood). You'll also find romantic subplots with light sexual innuendo and some allusions to drunkenness.

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What's the story?

When Jason (Jack Donnelly) jumps into a small submarine to look for clues to his missing father's whereabouts, he finds himself standing on the shores of ATLANTIS, an ancient city brimming with familiar names and fantastical creatures. But, while Jason's new friends Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagorus (Robert Emms) help him right wrongs all over town, he must continue his search for the truth about his origins.

Is it any good?


Judging from the special effects alone -- which, at times, are downright goofy -- Atlantis was clearly not intended to impress. But it was engineered to entertain families with older kids, and it pulls that off with reasonable success thanks to a trio of likable do-gooders, an ever-rotating stable of evildoers, and a much-needed splash of comedy.

Since Atlantis takes so many liberties with figures and facts, it's not the best place to go hunting for historical accuracy. For one thing, it has Hercules hanging out with Pythagoras (yes, the same guy who gave us that nifty theorem) and getting the hots for a yet-to-be-snake-haired Medusa, ignoring the fact that none of them ever would have known each other. But, on the upside, it just might inspire kids to do their own research and uncover a world that's rich in myth and fantasy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Greek myths and historical figures Atlantis is based on. How accurate is the show's take on ancient history? What are the downsides to taking creative liberties with actual events? What are the upsides?

  • How does fantasy violence compare to real violence? Does exposure to fantasy violence promote violent behavior in real life?

  • How does Atlantis compare to other movies and television series set in ancient times? In your opinion, is it a good "family show"?

TV details

Cast:Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy, Robert Emms
Network:BBC America
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Great boy role models, History
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old January 10, 2015

a Stupid show to watch when your bored

Atlantis is a good show, but it's also kind of stupid. Like the main character getting hit in the arm with an arrow and then wrenching it out like he's not undergoing any pain. Sometimes characters will be drunk or pretend to be drunk and other times it shows some intimidating monsters.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byworldwar2 August 6, 2014

Relaxing Show

I think Atlantis is a good show to relax to if you are tired but not for learning unless if you are interested in greek myths and gods. Sometimes it can be violent with sword-fighting and sometimes one of the co-characters gets drunk but otherwise it is suitable for mature 11 to 12 year olds. (There isn't much sex apart from kissing and the violence is not too gruesome.)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 August 16, 2014

Better than Percy Jackson 1!

This is a very clever, imaginative and creative use of ancient Greek myths, both famous and less so. Great series, can't wait for series 2! :D
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Too much violence


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